Barry boxer Lee Selby to face unbeaten Romanian Viorel Simion this weekend
BARRY boxer Lee Selby is set to face Romania’s unbeaten Viorel Simion on the weekend as he challenges for the WBC International featherweight title.
British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Selby will face Simion at the MS3 Craven Park in Hull on Saturday, July 13.
If Selby beats Viorel Simion, who is ranked 4th in the WBC world rankings, he will be in line for a world title fight.
Selby, 26, said that he was in good shape and looking forward to the fight.
“I’m feeling good and training has gone well, so now I’ve just got to get the last bit of weight off,” he said.
“I’ve done all the hard work and now it’s just getting down to the weight.”
He added: “I’m going to try and outbox him and knock him out.
“Hopefully I’ll come back with another title.”
Selby, whose last fight was a fifth-round stoppage of Corey McConnell in Blackpool when he defended his Commonwealth title, added: “I have been training for the fight by running up hills in Barry, strength and conditioning at Barry Island Muscle and Fitness gym, running up the steps in Porthkerry Park, sparring and boxing in St Joseph’s gym in Newport and at the East End boxing gym above The Windsor pub in Barry.”
Selby had been due to fight at Bolton Arena on June 29 on the undercard of Gavin Rees’s bout against Anthony Crolla, but was switched to Hull by his promoter Eddie Hearn.
Eddie Hearn said he was excited by the prospect of seeing Selby tested at a higher level.
“I’m delighted to have been able to bring Viorel over for this fight,” said Eddie. “It’s Lee’s first big test on the world stage and having watched Viorel in action, I think we can expect a cracking fight where Lee will show everybody just how good he is.”
The Hull bill will also be supported by the blockbuster welterweight rematch between unbeaten Sheffield star Kell Brook and American Carson Jones, and Derry Mathews and Hull’s Tommy Coyle for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title.
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