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Lee Selby responds to Warrington, wants Frampton

Lee Selby - Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Reigning IBF featherweight titleholder Lee Selby was eager to respond to British contender Josh Warrington who, earlier today, announced plans to “punch his head in”.

Selby, who is rated No. 4 by THE RING at 126 pounds, is coming off a ninth-round stoppage of the unheralded Andoni Gago in a non-title bout and is eager to secure a matchup against one of the big names in the featherweight division.

A domestic bout against Warrington has been discussed for some time, however, and the bad blood continues to boil.

“Warrington couldn’t punch a hole in a wet Yorkshire Post (newspaper published in Warrington’s hometown of Leeds, England),” barked an aghast Selby when interviewed by

“He thinks boxing is all about followers but it’s also about being a good fighter. I’d beat him anywhere. We agreed to a date in Leeds and suddenly he couldn’t fight because he was getting married. Then he goes out and fights Patrick Hyland on the very date we’d proposed. Warrington lives in a dream world.”

Selby was scheduled to defend his title on January 28 on the undercard of the Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz rematch in Las Vegas. However, his opponent, Jonathan Victor Barros, failed a pre-fight medical and was pulled out a day prior to the contest taking place.

The Gago fight was set up in March so that the Welshman could shake off some ring rust.

“I want to fight Frampton because I still believe he’s the biggest name in the division despite his loss to Santa Cruz,” revealed Selby. “A fight between me and Frampton is bigger than a fight between me and Santa Cruz. Frampton is the guy I want to fight next.

“Again, they all talk about fighting me. Santa Cruz mentioned my name after his last fight. Frampton and Abner Mares mentioned me. But we’ve contacted them all to fight and they’ve just gone quiet. I’ll fight any of them. They’re picking and choosing opponents. I’ll fight whoever wants to fight.”





Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for and a member of THE RING ratings panel.  Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing




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