By Edward Chaykovsky
A unification between featherweight champions Carl Frampton (23-0, 14KOs) and Lee Selby (23-1, 8KOs) is very possible, but won't take place until the spring of 2017 at the earliest, says Frampton.
Frampton moved up to featherweight last month and captured the WBA championship with a sensational twelve round majority decision over Leo Santa Cruz at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Selby sat ringside for the contest.
There is a rematch clause and Frampton plans to face Santa Cruz again in fall, likely on a date in November or early December.
Selby has been out of the ring since April, when he won a twelve round decision over Eric Hunter on the Anthony Joshua vs. Charles Martin undercard at the O2 Arena in London.
After the win by Frampton at 126-pounds, Selby quickly called him out to a domestic showdown. Frampton is willing to accept the contest once the business with Santa Cruz has been settled.
"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 WBA champion and even though Lee has been the IBF champion for a few fights now, I am in the driving seat because I sell all the tickets. 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. All the fights are big from here on in. There's no easy options any more 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."