Lee Selby, the holder of the IBF featherweight title, says that he only wants “big fights” from now on in his career, but two potential rivals — Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg — are seen in very different light by the Welshman.
On Carl Frampton:
"I don't think I'm holding the trump cards over Frampton in negotiations because he's probably the bigger draw as it stands. Even though he's not a world champion, he's higher-profile and has a bigger name. It doesn't really bother me, to be honest, if he's got the upper hand in negotiations. I'm happy for him to have the lion's share as long as I get my decent pay because I know I'll be victorious in the end and then I'll be holding the cards anyway.”
On Scott Quigg:
“With Quigg, I hold the cards in the negotiations. ... It'd be a very entertaining fight if he tries to force it but I think my style simply beats him. I think Eric Hunter, who I defended my title against, would beat Quigg too. A good boxer will always beat a good fighter. I think Fernando Montiel would've beaten Quigg in his day and maybe Ryan Walsh would've too."
Frampton (23-1, 14 KO) lost his WBA featherweight title in a rematch against Leo Santa Cruz in January, and a potential rubber match between the two seems off the table at this point. Santa Cruz is reportedly gearing up for a rematch with Abner Mares.
Quigg (33-1-2, 24 KO), meanwhile, is Selby’s mandatory. He’s coming off of back-to-back wins against Jose Cayetano and Viorel Simion, following his own defeat against Frampton in February 2016.
Either of these would certainly sate Selby’s desire for a “big fight,” since they’re about as big a fight as he’s going to get, and they’d definitely be bigger defenses than the two he’s had against Montiel and Hunter.
Who do you like in these matchups, and which would you prefer happen?