Lee Selby returns at junior lightweight
Former IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby will begin his comeback trail in a new weight class.
After losing his IBF strap to Josh Warrington in May 2018, he is ready to test the waters at junior lightweight. He’ll do so when he takes on Omar Douglas (19-2, 13KOs) at the O2 Arena in London. The bout will air live on ITV Box Office.
Omar Douglas (27), was once a highly touted prospect; capturing the NABA-USA title in his eleventh bout. November 2016 marked his first step-up bout into the world class level as he took on former WBA champion Javier Fortuna. He dropped his opponent in the first round but would go on to be outclassed over ten rounds.
Following would be another loss to respected contender Edner Cherry, which removed him from the radar of many boxing pundits.
Selby (31) will be joining a division that has the likes of Gervonta Davis, Miguel Berchelt, Tevin Farmer and Alberto Machado. He will bring slickness and the ability to box from the outside behind the jab at a top level with him from featherweight.
While he figures to make some noise right out of the gate, junior lightweight may be tougher for him. Davis, Berchelt and Machado are explosive punchers, with good skill sets. Although, a bout with IBF champion Tevin Farmer would make for a great clash of styles.
First is a meeting with the tough Omar Douglas who only has two losses in 21 fights and is hungrier than ever to get his name back into title contention!
By: Jerrell Fletcher