Lee Selby and Josh Warrington prepared for world title battle, ready to settle long rivalry in Leeds

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Featherweight world champion Lee Selby will finally settle his rivalry with fellow-Briton Josh Warrington when the talented pair trade blows in Leeds on May 19.

Promoter Frank Warren confirmed the fight last week, which sees Warrington challenge Selby as the mandatory contender to the International Boxing Federation belt at 126 pounds.

Warrington is a 7/2 underdog, according to the oddsmakers for the clash, whilst Selby is a strong favourite at 1/5 to retain his championship. Looking at the fractions, 20/1 looks a good bet for the draw.

Speaking on the fight, which has been some time in the making, Selby stated: “Let’s see what Josh is made of. He’s done everything that has been asked of him so far. He’s picked up my vacated titles and beat a lot of my past opponents.

“To his credit, he’s earned his position as my Mandatory Challenger and deserves his shot,” he added.

Opponent Warrington, who gets home advantage for the encounter, added: “By winning this fight, not only do I get my hands on a world title, but it’s a chance to show everyone that I’m the best featherweight in the UK and propel myself onto the World level.

“For the past three or four years, our names have always been mentioned together. He’s always been that one step ahead of me and everyone has always looked at him as the number one Featherweight in the UK, but that will change on May 19.”

The eventual winner could then move on to another huge battle against Carl Frampton later in 2018, to once and for all decide the number one featherweight in the Warren stable.

Huge outings overseas against the likes of WBA title holder Leo Santa Cruz and WBC ruler Gary Russell Jr. would then lie in wait.