LEE Selby will defend his IBF world featherweight title against Jonathan Barros at Wembley’s SSE Arena on July 15.

The two were supposed to face each other in Las Vegas in January but mandatory challenger Barros failed to meet the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s licensing requirements.

St Joseph’s star Selby revealed exclusively to the South Wales Argus last month that the bout would not be taking place back in Vegas.

Next month’s bout will be on the same card as the clash between Chris Eubank Jnr and Arthur Abraham.

The London show is being promoted by Poxon Sports, in association with Team Sauerland, and will be screened live on ITV.

Selby was devastated when the original Vegas showdown fell through at the 11th hour, and he is desperate to make Argentinean Barros pay for the delay.

“Barros is going to pay, simple as that,” he said. “I was mucked around last time because he and his team couldn’t get their act together and this time, all I can say is, I can’t wait.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be fighting him at last, on a huge bill in London and with the stage set for me.

“I have been a worthy IBF world champion and beating a tough customer like Barros will put me in the hot seat for a fight with Carl Frampton or Scott Quigg, or any of the other world champions.

“Either of those Brits would suit me down to earth. But first it is Barros and I’m determined to make him pay.

“I don’t need any motivation for this one. I was there in Las Vegas ready to fight and through no fault of my own it didn’t happen. It is now and Barros will be taken apart.”

He added: “I feel I am so ready for the enormous fights and they don’t come much bigger than this on a huge card in London in front of the ITV cameras.

“Barros has only been stopped once in 46 fights so he is clearly a very good, very experienced campaigner. His record proves that.

“He has also won seven in a row so he is on a roll, but it is about to come crashing down against me in London.

“I’ve never been so up for a fight in my life, not even when I won the world title.

“This is all about getting me back in the limelight, showing the fans what they have missed and becoming a hero in Wales and the rest of Britain.

“Barros is in my way and I will work him out, then walk through him.”