Andrew Selby will be fighting Filipino Arden Diale for the WBC international flyweight title on the Chris Eubank Jr undercard on February 4.
The Welshman will be fighting in only his eighth professional fight next month but has insisted he’s ready to become a world champion.
“Diale is a very good fighter from what I’ve seen of him. He’s an experienced boxer and has fought for the world title. He was winning that fight but he got tired as the fight went on and it cost him,” Selby exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I should have fought Edwards and Satchwell but they both pulled out of fights so I’m fighting people from all over the world instead now and it’s good because they’re better fighters.
“My management have told me they want me to be fighting for the world title towards the end of the year.
The man from Barry has also refused to rule out a domestic clash with Kal Yafai at super-flyweight next year.
“The main aim is to win a world title at this weight first but after I have then I see no reason to not fight Yafai. I’d happily fight him next year.”
The flyweight is excited to be following his former boxing heroes in boxing on ITV and believes the fans are in for a great night of boxing.
“It’s great to be on the undercard of Eubank Jr and there are some terrific fights on the card. It’s worth paying for it’s going to be an exciting night of boxing but I just don’t think it will sell and do good numbers.
“When I was younger I always used to watch boxing with my Dad. ITV had all the boxers on that I looked up to with the likes of Benn, Eubank and Naseem Hamed.”
This weekend will see his brother Lee defend his world title against Jonathon Victor Barros on the undercard of the rematch between Carl Frampton and Santa Cruz.
Selby gave his thoughts on the prospect of his brother and Frampton fighting in a unification fight later this year.
“I think my brother would beat him. He is too big and strong for Frampton and he is too smart of a boxer for him. He would outbox Frampton. I hope Frampton comes through against Santa Cruz because it would set up a huge showdown in the UK with my brother.”
Joe Hewlett is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @Hewlett95