World Champion Selby Relishing the Occasion
Victory for either man on Saturday 19th May could lead to a showdown with former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton, although he recently said he would take a fight with Oscar Valdez over either of them. Regardless of their next steps, both boxers know they face a stiff test of their credentials inside the ropes in West Yorkshire. 31-year-old Selby has a 26-1 record (9 KO’s) and is the favourite at 1/4 to emerge victorious on Saturday night.
The Barry-born orthodox fighter won his IBF crown in May 2015 against Evgeny Gradovich at the O2 Arena, and he secured three victories last year over Andoni Gago, Jonathan Victor Barros and Eduardo Ramirez. Despite being the reigning IBF champion, Selby faces a hostile environment on Saturday as he competes in Warrington’s back yard.
However, that won’t faze the experienced champion dubbed ‘The Welsh Mayweather’, who will relish the occasion and the chance to end this personal rivalry once and for all. Supporters of Selby out there will take confidence from his 8/13 odds with Coral to win by Decision or Technical Decision.
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate
Unbeaten Warrington Gunning For Hometown Glory
Warrington, a 27-year-old orthodox fighter, has home advantage despite being the challenger. The local Leeds lad will be spurred on by thousands of adoring fans packed inside Elland Road, which could help him to realise his lifelong dream of becoming world champion. This is the first time Leeds has hosted a world title fight, and the local favourite is 9/2 with 888Sport to be the victor on points.
The Yorkshireman has a perfect 26-0 record, with six knockouts. He secured a majority decision over Kiko Martinez last year before a TKO over Dennis Ceylan in a final eliminator clash to set up this bout against Selby. The city of Leeds has never had a world champion before, and Warrington is 28/1 with Ladbrokes to secure the IBF belt in Round 9-12 on Saturday.
Sports.net’s Top Tip for Selby v Warrington
Both fighters will be desperate to succeed on Saturday, and it would be surprising to see an early stoppage given what is it stake. The bout might go the distance - as 888Sport suggests with odds of 2/7 for it to do so - and the work-rate and accuracy of both boxers will be crucial to victory over twelve long rounds.
The atmosphere at Elland Road is guaranteed to be lively, and Warrington will undoubtedly be welcomed like a champion as he makes his entrance. The challenger will be desperate to create history in his beloved hometown, but in the fifth defence of his title, Selby is heavily fancied to prevail against his rival. Considering how short the odds are on a Selby win, 10/3 on him to do so by KO, TKO or DQ seems generous.
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate.