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Lee Selby vs. Josh Warrington Fight Preview and Prediction

It’s an all British featherweight showdown this weekend as Lee Selby of Wales travels to Elland Road to defend his IBF belt against the undefeated Englishman Josh Warrington. This will be the fifth time Selby has put his title on the line after winning it from Evgeny Gradovich in 2015. The event is hosted by BT Sport and BoxNation courtesy of Frank Warren.

 

This headliner has been a long time coming for current champion Selby who famously ridiculed Warrington for “bottling it” back in 2016 when the Welshman was ready to face off. Since then both fighters have racked up wins on home soil but the tension has hardly dissipated. Heated conversations over social media in recent months suggests no love will be lost when these two world-class featherweights get to settle it once and for all at Elland Road Stadium, the home turf of Josh Warrington.

 

Lee Selby recent form and fight record

Welshman Selby (26-1, 9 KO’s) claimed the IBF Featherweight crown in a 2015 bout against Russia’s Evgeny Gradovich. Since then he has predominantly fought fighters from North and South American descent, who have all taken him the full distance including his last bout against Eduardo Ramirez in December 2017. Only in his win against Spaniard Andoni Gago did he prove his capability to finish the fight by a stoppage. Selby has become acclimatised to being the star of the show in London venues and this will be his first time in a long time fighting out of the capital.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

09/12/17 Eduardo Ramirez Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Hackney Wick W UD
15/07/17 Jonathan Victor Barros Wembley Arena, Wembley W UD
04/03/17 Andoni Gago O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich W TKO
09/04/16 Eric Hunter O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich W UD
14/10/15 Fernando Montiel Gila River Arena, Glendale W UD

“Fighting away from home in his backyard doesn’t bother me in the slightest,” said Selby. “This is a huge fight and it makes sense to take it to a football stadium. There will be tens of thousands of his fans backing him on May 19th but it’s only me and him in the ring.

“Let’s see what Josh is really made of. He’s done everything that has been asked of him and he’s earned his shot at my World Title. Josh is standing in the way of my opportunity at joining the boxing elite. I’m going to thrive off the hostile atmosphere.”

 

Josh Warrington recent form and fight record

Local Leeds lad Warrington (26-0, 6 KO’s) may have gone under the radar whilst Selby and Frampton have mopped up the British limelight but has matched his foes for achievements inside the ring. Warrington is currently undefeated and wields a far higher knockout ratio than Selby based on a similar number of fights. In his last five outings he has stopped the likes of Dennis Ceylan and Patrick Hyland inside 12 rounds to preserve his untarnished record.

Date

Opponent

Venue

Result

Method

21/10/17 Dennis Ceylan First Direct Arena, Leeds W TKO
13/05/17 Kiko Martinez* First Direct Arena, Leeds W MD
30/07/16 Patrick Hyland First Direct Arena, Leeds W TKO
16/04/16 Hisashi Amagasa First Direct Arena, Leeds W UD
05/09/15 Joel Brunker First Direct Arena, Leeds W UD

“On May 19th I’ll achieve my dream of becoming a World Champion at the home of my beloved Leeds United,” said Warrington. “The city of Leeds is craving a World Champion and I’m going to give them what they want.

“With the support of an entire city behind me I’m going to create history. I’m going to give absolutely everything to get my hands on that World Title. I’m grabbing this opportunity with both hands!”

 

Our fight outcome prediction

Neither fighter should be considered by the world of boxing as a knockout artist as both rely on sharp and fluid movement for scoring points and wearing down their opponents. With that being said, the momentum behind home fighter Warrington might be enough to spur him on for a good a chance as any to put Selby on the canvas. With the Elland Road crowd behind him it might just happen. It wouldn’t surprise us if both fighters took a knock at some stage during the fight but last to hear the final bell.

Selby, known as a stylish technician with bags of experience fighting on an elite platform should have enough nerve and composure to steal this one on points. In doing so, he sets himself up with Carl Frampton, another fighter from the Fran Warren camp, who is equally as eager to reinstate himself as the best featherweight in Britain. Frampton has a date booked in Windsor Park for August and we’re backing Selby to be the man he squares up against that evening.

 

How and where to watch the fight

The gates at Elland Road open around 6pm when fights on the undercard will commence. Spectators can expect the ringwalk for the main event by 10pm. Frank Warren is broadcasting the full card on BT Sport and for those who subscribe to Sky or cable, the action can be accessed through BoxNation on TV or online.

 

Full Fight Card at Elland Road

Main event: Lee Selby vs. Josh Warrington

Nicola Adams vs Soledad del Valle Frias

Jack Catterall vs Mohamed Kani (World Boxing Organisation Inter-Continental Super Lightweight Title)

Darren Tetley vs Mason Cartwright (vacant World Boxing Organisation European Welterweight Title)

Ohara Davies vs Christopher Sebire (super lightweight)

Leon Woodstock vs Edwin Tellez (super featherweight)

Willy Hutchinson vs Adam Jones (super middleweight)

Reece Mould vs TBA (super featherweight)

Jack Bateson vs TBA (bantamweight)

Jack Daniel vs Zigurds Krauklis (featherweight)

Danny Wright vs Mikey Sakyi (welterweight)

Mark Heffron vs TBA (super middleweight)

Fred Evans vs TBA (middleweight)

 

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