Exclusive: Lee Selby manager calls for PBC featherweight tournament

Phil Jay 15/08/2016

Bristol manager / promoter Jamie Sanigar is open to a massive in-house featherweight tournament that would eventually crown one undisputed world champion.

Sanigar, who looks after the affairs of unbeaten Welshman Lee Selby, is hopeful of landing a UK unification with Carl Frampton in 2017 and wants his man to be involved in the biggest fights from here on in.

“Lee’s been around a long time. He’s 29 now, the same as Carl. They are both at their peaks and that’s the time to maximise it. That’s why we teamed up with Al Haymon as he has control of the featherweight champions as in Santa Cruz, Mares, Cuellar, Frampton and Russell Jr.

“Really, whether it’s a tournament structure or not, all these guys can feature in mega-fights. Six, eight or even ten fights back-to-back can be made involving these fighters.

“We are not interested in tick-over jobs, we want to fight one of those fighters. It doesn’t matter if they are in New York, Los Angeles, Cardiff or Belfast but just put together the mega-fights.

With Frampton potentially set for an immediate rematch with Leo Santa Cruz, Sanigar says a clash with Gary Russell, possibly in a double-header on the same bill, would appeal to Selby going forward.


“Gary was talking about having the money belt but for me, it’s more about the image of the fighter. I think Russell Jr. is an exceptional fighter and he fits the challenges Lee wants,” he said.

“Just to see Lee alongside Russell Jr. as an analyst on Showtime shows he’s at that elite level that we wanted. We started in the small halls and now he has the American press all sat around wanting to hear his story.

“If that fight can be made next, Lee would definitely be interested,” added Sanigar.