Lee Selby finally set to get his hands on Jonathan Victor Barros

Lee Selby finally set to get his hands on Jonathan Victor Barros

Barry Town’s Lee Selby (24-1, 9KO) will finally get his hands on Argentina’s Jonathan Victor Barros (41-4-1, 22KO) next month.

The IBF world champion will defend his belt for the third time against the mandatory challenger on Saturday 15 July as part of Poxon Sport’s show on ITV Box Office.

It will be the 30-year-old Welshman’s maiden appearance at the SSE Wembley Arena in London and his first outing since his contract ended his Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn. The two parties worked together since 2013 and have now gone their separate ways, leaving Selby as a promotional free agent.

Richard Poxon, who heads Poxon Sports, has a close relationship with Al Haymon, the influential American advisor who was brought on board Selby’s team when he dethroned Evgeny Gradovich in 2015. Younger sibling Andrew Selby appeared on the outfit’s most recent show, capturing the WBC International title with a Unanimous Decision win against Ardin Diale.

Chris Eubank Jnr headlines the show and will defend his lightly regarded IBO super-middleweight strap against Germany’s Arthur Abraham, a legitimate three-time world champion. Ticket prices range between £40 and £250, while no pay-per-view price has been announced for the fans watching at home.

Selby had been scheduled to face Barros at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in January, only to be told moments before he was due to weigh-in that Barros hadn’t been licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It was understood to be due to a medical issue, which is now resolved, and the IBF ruled that Barros should retain his status as mandatory challenger.

Elsewhere in the division, Selby’s domestic rival Carl Frampton has confirmed his homecoming bout in Belfast. The former two-weight champion will face Mexico’s little-known Andres Gutierrez in an eliminator for the belt held by Gary Russell Jnr. In fairness to Frampton, ‘The Jackal’ has taken a pay cut to fight in front of his home fans and has struggled to secure a highly rated opponent.

This week, Selby has been sparring Dale Evans, who has recently joined Tony Borg’s set up at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport. It was announced last week that the St Clears welterweight will challenge for the British title against London’s champion Bradley Skeete, who owns a similar style to Selby.

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