Selby to complete training camp in California for American debut against Montiel

Selby to complete training camp in California for American debut against Montiel

On Saturday, ‘Sugar’ Lee Selby (21-1, 8KO) once again travelled to California where he will conclude training camp ahead of his first IBF world title defence.

The Al Haymon advised featherweight is visiting a group of gyms in Los Angeles ahead of his meeting with Mexico’s former world champion Fernando Montiel (54-4-2, 39KO) in Arizona on 14 October.

Selby has flown out with his brother and soon-to-be debutant Andrew Selby, manager Chris Sanigar and Bristol Boxing Gym’s Nigel Christian. The team will be completed when St Joseph’s Boxing Club coaches Tony Borg and Billy Reynolds join them in fight week.

28-year-old Selby, who will be making his American and Premier Boxing Champions [PBC] debut, said: “I’ll have a couple of weeks sparring in LA and fly out to Phoenix then, a week or so before the fight.

“We’ll go to the usual gyms in LA. We’ll go to Freddie Roach’s Wildcard gym, The Rock and Maywood Boxing Club.

“We’ll ring about and might go to [Daniel] Ponce De Leon’s gym. We’ve been there before and have had good work there. There’s so much there, there’s a lot going on and always somewhere to spar.”

On previous trips, the Welshman missed out on sparring former two-weight world champion Ponce De Leon (45-7, 35KO) because the Mexican had already retired but he’s often worked with 24-year-old Oscar Valdez (17-0, 15KO), another Mexican standout who is now bordering contender status.

Valdez, a former Olympian promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank, matched the achievement of Belfast’s IBF world super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton in July when he stopped Chris Avalos in five rounds and showed the skills Selby rates highly.

Selby said: “When I spoke to him, last time we sparred, he said he’d be back in the gym when I come back to America. So, I’ll probably work with him again, I hope so because it’s top sparring for me.

“I get really good sparring with him, he keeps me on my toes. It’s like that in America, the sparring you get here is better than anywhere else in the world. That’s why I come here to prepare.”

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