Exclusive: Selby trainer Sanigar expecting ‘masterclass of a performance’ against Warrington

Jacob Kilbride 01/02/2018

Jamie Sanigar

Lee Selby’s trainer Chris Sanigar has said that he expects to see a “masterclass” from his man when he faces Josh Warrington in their all-British IBF featherweight world title fight on May 19th.

Selby (26-1) makes the fifth defence of his world title against Warrington (26-0) at Elland Road in arguably the biggest fight of his career to date.

The reigning champion is a heavy favourite amongst the bookmakers and Sanigar believes that Selby is in a different league to Warrington, something which will be shown come fight-night.

“It’s all to do with levels in boxing,” Sanigar told World Boxing News. “This is Lee Selby’s fifth (IBF world title) defence. He’s a great fighter and we’re expecting him to put in an absolute masterclass of a performance.

“Lee’s height advantage could play a part in the contest. Naturally, Lee Selby’s style is hit-and-miss. Train hard, fight easy. Don’t stand still, box from angles.

“He’s very intelligent, very technical. That’s what we expect from him, a masterclass of entertainment.

There’s likely to be a partisan crowd supporting Warrington at Elland Road this summer but Sanigar insisted that it won’t have an impact once the first bell sounds.

“The atmosphere can help you in football,” continued the trainer. “But, that doesn’t work in boxing. When you’re out there, it’s one against one.

“Once that bells goes, everyone else leaves the ring and only the two boxers and the referee are left. That’s when Josh will find that out.

“But, you couldn’t get a better venue than Elland Road. As I said in the press conference, when I was a boy, Leeds United were a big team. I’m looking forward to it. It’s a stadium fight and that what my boxer deserves.”

Promoter Frank Warren has talked up the prospect of the winner of this fight potentially facing former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton in Belfast next in a huge late summer showdown.

“We don’t want to look any further than this fight,” stressed Sanigar. “This is a massive fight.

“If Lee Selby can be successful, it will put him on that stage to challenge people like Frampton, (Leo) Santa Cruz or Abner Mares.”

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