Selby and Brunker make weight for world eliminator

Selby and Brunker make weight for world eliminator

This afternoon at the Reebok Sports Club in London, ‘Sugar’ Lee Selby (19-1, 7KO) and Joel Brunker (27-0, 15KO) weighed in for the most important fight of their respective careers. The boy from Barry Town weighed 8st 13lbs 10oz and Brunker weighed a comparative 8st 13lbs, both boxers were under the featherweight limit of 9st (126lbs). IBF rules stipulate that the boxers are only permitted to gain a maximum of 10lbs before a second weigh-in on the morning of the fight, between the times of 8:00am and 10:00am. It’s almost exactly four years since Selby won his first career title with a knockout of Welsh champion Dai Davies and the 27-year-old is now just one win away from being installed mandatory challenger to IBF world champion Evgeny Gradovich. Speaking to iFL TV, Selby said, “I think this fight is tougher than the Gradovich fight, for both of us. I think I’m a tougher opponent for Brunker than Gradovich and he’s tougher than Gradovich for me, I believe. Brunker said, “I’d probably prefer to fight Gradovich [than Selby]. I know where he’s going to be, right in front of me but Lee is more of an awkward customer and he gets around and moves which sometimes can make for a difficult fight.” The boxers will next see each other in the ring at London’s O2 Arena and the fight is expected to start between 9:30pm and 10:30pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD (Ch No: 402). Brunker, who is managed by ex-Welsh boxer Adam Wilcox, hasn’t stepped in to the ring for 14 months and Saturday will also be the first time that the Australian has been scheduled to compete in a twelve round contest for nearly three years, whereas Selby has fought nine consecutive twelve rounders in the same time period. It will be only the second time that Brunker, who appeared at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has boxed outside of his native Australia but indications show that he isn’t fazed by travelling, having spent time training in America. It was on those training trips that the featherweights crossed paths before and they sparred 30 rounds in 2012 while both training in Las Vegas. Tickets to ‘Moment of Truth’ are priced at £40, £60 and £100. Tickets are available on 08448 24 48 24 and from The O2’s ticketing agent – www.AXS.com. VIP packages priced £150 are exclusively available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 or at www.matchroomboxing.com.

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