Exclusive: Lee Selby talks Josh Warrington challenge, eyes Carl Frampton and future Super Series

Jacob Kilbride 01/02/2018

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IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby has said he’s looking forward to fighting at Elland Road and won’t be fazed by the hostile reception he will face.

Selby (26-1, 9 KO’s) makes the fifth defence of his world crown against Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KO’s) with the fight taking place in the largest venue of Leeds, his opponent’s home city.

But, the Welshman is confident that regardless of the unfavourable treatment that he’s likely to face that he’ll come away from his opponent’s backyard victorious.

“I enjoyed the press conference. I love a bit of hostility” Selby exclusively told World Boxing News. “It sort of gets me up when everyone’s jeering me and booing me, I sort of enjoy it.

“I’m confident that I’ll deal with the crowd, 100%. It won’t faze me in the slightest.

“Elland Road’s a great venue. That’s the dream for all boxers, to be fighting in stadiums and I think that only really happens in the UK. The UK fans are the best.

“Filling out football stadiums is unheard of anywhere else in the world. It’s going to be a great night for boxing and I hope all of Leeds turn out and back their man and enjoy the night.

Selby had previously labelled Warrington as “easy work” but drew back on these statements, admitting that the Leeds man has improved.

“Warrington has improved since then,” continued Selby. “But, at the same time, I’ve improved. I just promise you that it’s going to be a great night of boxing.

“To be honest, I was very unimpressed with Dennis Ceylan. He’s a drug cheat, I’ve read that he’s taken drugs, cocaine and things like that. You’d expect to knock someone out like that.

“Warrington’s been calling out for about four or five years. Now the fight’s finally here, we’re going to see what he’s made of.”

The featherweight division is thriving at the moment with high-profile fights such as Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares II, Oscar Valdez vs Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton vs Nonito Donaire making it one of the most talented weights at world level.

“I think that the featherweight division is calling out for a Super Six series or a tournament,” added the 30-year-old. “I think that could happen as well.”

“I think some of the best fighters in the world are at featherweight and I know that the fans would like to see it happen.”

“For me, the aim is to beat Josh Warrington, fight Carl Frampton, then look for a unification if I can beat those two guys.”

Jacob Kilbride is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @jacob_kilbride