Exclusive: Selby manager discusses logistics of Frampton unification
Jamie Sanigar has informed WBN of what he sees as a major option to stage any Lee Selby v Carl Frampton unification fight.
Sanigar, who looks after Selby’s affairs, doesn’t believe Belfast in the winter would be a consideration outdoors, therefore has cited the old Millenium Stadium in Cardiff as a possibility.
Talks with Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan are yet to begin, although in Sanigar’s eyes the fight could be relatively easy to make as the pair are signed to Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions brand, Stateside.
“The prospect of Lee boxing Carl in Belfast or possibly the Principality Stadium in Wales, the old Millennium stadium, indoors would be two elite fighters facing each other,” Sanigar exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I say the Principality Stadium because we have naturally got to look at the logistics of everything.
“If it was a fight that took place in the winter period of 2016 (next for both fighters), I’m not sure what options there are in Belfast. I know there’s the Odyssey Arena but without a doubt this is a stadium fight.
“Especially with Carl’s following over in Belfast so you’d have to look at the Principality Stadium with the roof on.”
On making contact with McGuigan, Sanigar added: “They are both aligned to Al Haymon so I’m sure once the dust settles we can all sit down and discuss the options. We all get on well, so it’s just a matter of sitting and talking the logistics of it.
“Plus, we are not sure if Carl wants to do it as he’s got lots of options and Lee Selby has options. It’s just a case of sitting down and seeing if it can all be put together.
“Obviously, both these guys are going to earn top, top money so it’s just about working out all the avenues. venues, gates, pay-per-view and American television – so there would be lots to go through.
“We will chat with the McGuigans in due course when they’ve had a chance to let the dust settle.
“But if they are talking about Windsor Park then that would obviously be a summer fight. I believe the Odyssey Arena is around eight or ten thousand so that wouldn’t be big enough,” he pointed out.
Frampton v Selby looks to be the best move all round for the two UK champions and would be a third massive contest for the Irishman on the back of wins over Scott Quigg and Leo Santa Cruz in 2016.
Whether McGuigan would want Frampton to undertake a routine defence before an outdoor meeting with Selby next summer is the major talking point and will become clearer once both sides get together to converse over the potential 126 pound battle.