Barry’s Lee Selby has a new number 1 contender for his IBF Featherweight Championship. His Challenger will be Argentine boxer Jonathan Victor Barros, who beat Satoshi Hosono in the final eliminator to become mandatory challenger to Lee’s IBF title. The ‘Welsh Mayweather’ was out in Japan to watch the fight and wants his defence to happen in December, rather than January so he can push onto a big fight with WBA (Super) featherweight champion, Carl Frampton, who has to have a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz first.
Selby told Sky sports news:
“Barros is next and it needs to be done before early January, but I want it done as soon as possible, hopefully early December”
“Everyone knows I want a unification fight with Frampton and I am sure everyone wants to see it.”
“Let’s be honest, how can we call ourselves the best featherweight in the world when we don’t even know who the best in Britain is.”
“I have to deal with the mandatory but I want the unification with Frampton in the spring time next year. I want to and will prove I am the best out there.”
Selby (23-1-KO8) was ringside in Japan to watch Barros, who has a record of (41-4-1-KO22) defeat Hosono on a split decision. Lee admits this fight may be in America but he hopes to fight in Cardiff again down the road, He told Sky Sports news:
“It will probably be out in America. I’d love to defend my world title in Cardiff but the arenas make it difficult.”
“The Motorpoint holds 4,000 and isn’t big enough and then, especially at this time of year, the next step up is the Millennium Stadium, which is too big for this one.”
“But a unification fight with Frampton would sell that out. No problem at all.”
Hopefully the fight with Carl Frampton can be finalised sooner rather later, as I’m sure all Welsh boxing fans would love to see it.
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