Rumours of a potential Carl Frampton vs Lee Selby fight have emerged this weekend and have instantaneously sparked debate amongst the boxing community.
Two-weight division world champion Carl Frampton (23-0-14KO) is currently basking in his recent victory over Leo Santa Cruz which to many, is a fight of the year contender for 2016.
Frampton’s clinical precision in the fight proved to be the difference on the night in what was both a highly competitive and entertaining battle. One that many found difficult to score.
It elevated him into the top 10 pound for pound rankings in many people’s eyes, given the fact that he also defeated two undefeated world champions this year in their backyards (Santa Cruz and Scott Quigg).
But there’s a Welsh dragon lurking over the horizon of 2017 at him now, a ‘Welsh Mayweather’ even, as he is affectionately referred to by his loyal supporters.
IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (21-3-8KO) when he is on form is as competent a boxing technician as you will find, a seriously skillful man with his fists when he performs.
But so is WBA 126lbs champion Carl Frampton. That’s what makes a potential fight so intriguing.
Frampton showed that the featherweight division looks to suit him with the Santa Cruz win and also dispelled fears mentioned by some that he might be a bit too small for the weight class.
Despite the considerable height and reach disadvantage he experienced against Mexican Leo Santa Cruz, he made up for this with excellent footwork, clever punch variation and brilliant distance control.
Against Selby he would again have to give up some significant height and reach but there is an argument that Selby could be a slightly better boxer than Santa Cruz, who is more known for outstanding work rate, heart and relentlessness, than perhaps his technical boxing acumen.
Selby stylistically is very, very different to Santa Cruz and will probably look to take Frampton on in his own game in this regard.
But for me, Frampton is a special athlete. I’m convinced if it now more than ever after seeing the consistent improvement in his boxing this year, which was already world class as it was.
It shows me that at 29 years of age Frampton is hungry to go down as a great. But Selby who also is 29 at the moment, will have something to say about it if they do meet.
A hard match to call but I’d have to lean towards a Frampton points decision in this moment of time, also considering he has faced the better opposition thus far too.
But what a fight. Lets hope it gets made.
If you didn’t see Frampton’s most recent win over Leo Santa Cruz catch some of the highlights here via Showtime YouTube:
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