Carl Frampton has dampened talk of a possible UK unification with Lee Selby this year after admitting the fight needs to take place outdoors in 2017.
Selby’s manager Jamie Sanigar had told WBN he considers the Principality Stadium (old Millenium Stadium) in Wales as a good option for 2016 due to the overhead roof installed, although Frampton insisted that he wants home advantage for any fight.
“It needs to be spring or early summer because it’s a stadium fight and a unification fight between two British world champions,” Frampton told Sky Sports.
“I’d love that fight at Windsor Park but I feel, as I am the new champion and even though Lee has been a champion for a few fights now, I am in the driving seat because I sell all the tickets.”
On who should be rated higher at 126 pounds, Frampton added:
“I believe he’s one of the best fighters in Britain, pound-for-pound, and he’s an amazing fighter but I think me at featherweight. I am stronger than I have ever been and I believe I could win the fight. But these are the fights are the ones I want.
“There’s no easy options anymore and that’s the way it should be. I’m not the youngest guy in the world, I’m 29 and feel like I’ve given my whole life to boxing, so I am reaping the rewards now.
“I am a two-weight world champion. I am entitled to be involved in big fights now and I am happy with that,” said the Irishman.
A rematch with Leo Santa Cruz in the United States has moved a step closer due to Frampton’s recent statement on Selby and talks could get underway soon for a return bout in the coming months.