Razor sharp Selby wows crowd in Barry

Razor sharp Selby wows crowd in Barry

Earlier today, Welsh fight fans were given a last chance to meet ‘Sugar’ Lee Selby (20-1, 8KO) in the flesh before his historic world title opportunity. In the warm summer weather, hundreds gathered at King’s Square in Barry Town as Selby completed shadow boxing and pad-work with his trainer Tony Borg in a specially erected boxing ring. Following the session, Selby stayed behind for 45 minutes to take photos with fans and sign memorabilia just seven days before he takes on IBF world featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9KO). Former WBO world bantamweight champion Robbie Regan and 2012 Olympian Andrew Selby, brother of Lee, were amongst the crowd. Five coaches of fans from Barry will be amongst the 18,000 to descend on London next week, which has now effectively sold out. Speaking to Master of Ceremonies Ricky Wright, Selby said: “Evgeny Gradovich is a good champion and he’s unbeaten. I’m his fifth title defence and his third mandatory challenger. He’s a real good champion, tough fighter, a test and one I’m confident of overcoming to become the new champion. “In preparation for this, I’ve been out in LA training and sparring for two weeks. Then the date got changed, so I went back to Las Vegas for two weeks whilst Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were fighting. I was around the gyms and got to see great fighters like that. It’s given me great inspiration and hopefully I can become world champion next week. “To be honest, I couldn’t explain what it would mean to me [to become world champion]. I’ll probably act cool in the ring and when I get back to my hotel room, I’ll probably cry my eyes out. Hopefully I can win and bring it back to Barry.” Sky Sports were on hand as they build up to next week’s Box Office event, which will feature three genuine world title fights, including Kell Brook v Frankie Gavin for the IBF world welterweight title and Jorge Linares v Kevin Mitchell for the WBC world lightweight title. Gradovich is due to land in London on Monday and Selby will depart for the capital later in the week. The 28-year-old Welshman will come face-to-face with Gradovich for the first time at a final press conference on Thursday. The following day, both featherweights will see each other for the final time at the weigh-in. It will take place at the Indigo Centre in the O2 Arena and will be open to the public free of charge. Lee Selby   Lee Selby   Lee Selby   Lee Selby   Lee Selby   Lee Selby Lee Selby   Lee Selby   Lee Selby Lee Selby Lee Selby   Lee Selby   Lee Selby   Lee Selby Sky Sports Box Office will show ‘Rule Britannia’ exclusively live this Saturday. Buy now at www.skysports.com/brookgavin  

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