IBF featherweight ruler Lee Selby believes his superior skillset will be more than sufficient to see off the challenge of Josh Warrington this spring.
The pair are scheduled to collide on May 19 at Leeds United’s Elland Road and Selby is confident he can land a fight with Carl Frampton with a victory.
“If Josh comes steaming out like he has done in the past that will just play into my hands as I’ll pick him off like I have done with numerous past opponents,” said Selby.
“If he opts to box on the back foot I definitely can’t see him outboxing me. In fact, there’s no way I can see him beating me.
“The plan is to beat Warrington and then go over to Belfast and beat Frampton too. If I beat Frampton then the World is my oyster. This is a huge year for me and by the end of it I’ll prove to everyone that I’m the number one featherweight in the UK.”
Warrington has predicted his rough and ready style will be enough to ruffle Selby’s feathers and take the title for himself on home soil.
“It’s going to be an entertaining fight for the fans but there’s only going to be one winner and that’s me. He’s not a perfect fighter or a polished fighter, he’s got a lot of weak points and I’m going to exploit them.
“The city of Leeds has been craving a World Champion for years and on May 19 I’m going to make history. I’m going to give absolutely everything to achieve my dream – I’m grabbing this opportunity with both hands.”
The winner has been promised the Frampton fight in a stadium on the Irishman’s patch later in the year, with Selby currently the favorite to prevail and secure the clash.