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Selby set for May world-title showdown with Warrington

BARRY’S Lee Selby will defend his IBF featherweight title against Josh Warrington on May 19.

The much anticipated bout will take place in Warrington’s home city of Leeds. Selby called out Warrington after his last win on points against Mexican Eduardo Ramirez in December.

After the fight Selby said: “If the money is at Elland Road, it makes sense to me. That’s what it comes down to.”

Selby claimed the featherweight title at London’s O2 Arena against Evgeny Gradovich in May 2015.

“The plan is to beat Warrington and then go over to Belfast and beat Frampton too,” he said.

“He’s got emotionally attached to me. I will give him an educated boxing lesson … and then move on.

“If I beat Frampton then the world is my oyster. This is a huge year for me and by the end of it I’ll prove I’m the number one featherweight in the UK.”

Since October 2017 Frampton and Selby have both been promoted by Frank Warren.

Warrington says he is looking forward to ending the narrative that Selby is the best featherweight in the UK.

“For the past three or four years our names have always been mentioned together,” said the 27-year-old.

“He’s always been that one step ahead of me and everyone has always looked at him as the number one featherweight, but that will change on May 19.”

Warrington goes in to the fight undefeated in 26 fights and holds the WBC International Championship.

The Welshman has 26 wins and one defeat on his record. The showdown in May will be his fifth defence of the world title he maintained in 2015.

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