Elland Road sets the scene this weekend for the highly anticipated clash between Lee Selby and Josh Warrington for the IBF Featherweight title. This is a massive fight for both boxers with the winner being the front runner to headline Windsor Park against former 2 weight world champion and current WBO interim Featherweight champion Carl Frampton on the 18th August in Belfast.
Having watched the build up closely I feel that Selby will take Josh Warrington to school on Saturday night in front of 25-30 thousand noisy Leeds Utd fans. Elland Road will no doubt be a very hostile environment for the man from Barry. He could well come under attack from a barrage of plastic pint classes if he totally outclasses Josh Warrington in his own back yard. It’s this writers belief that Selby will have too much class for Josh but best of luck to both fighters and may the best man win.
Lee Selby is a strange character to work out, he seems very distant and keeps himself to himself, he doesn’t seem to bother with social media which isn’t a bad thing I guess considering some of the overkill with modern day boxers uploading 100mph punching videos every day. In my eyes that isn’t what makes you a good fighter. Lee Selby goes about his business quietly and throughly deserves a big payday after the let down in Vegas more recently with the fight being pulled last minute.
I believe Selby may retire within the next 12 months and live a fairly quiet life with his wife, kids and his beloved French bull dogs. The 31 year old has gone under the radar for most of his career and probably won’t bring anymore than 2-3 thousand fans to Leeds on Saturday but you can’t take away the fact that’s he a class act once he steps between those ropes.
Not discrediting Warrington, but Selby vs Frampton for me will be one of the biggest fights in the UK for such a long time. Two great fighters who will undoubtedly go to war on hopefully a warm summers night in Belfast in front of 30 thousand Northern Irish fans. Being an avid fan of Northern Ireland and its booming boxing scene, Windsor Park is a special place which will create an atmosphere like none we’ve seen before! If you listen to the talk, hotels are already booked out completely and people are booking days off work. There is a surreal buzz around The Jackal fighting at the home of Northern Irish football. Belfast is buzzing with boxing talent at the minute and each and every one of the local lads will be hoping for a slot on this undercard.
My one main concern is that we only have approx 13 weeks between this weekend and the 18th August, is this enough time for the eventual winner on Saturday night to recover and complete a full camp? I would imagine this will very much depend on what kind of fight we get this Saturday and if the winner comes out unscathed.
No matter of the outcome this Saturday I personally can’t wait for the Windsor Park this summer, something every GAWA fan has dreamed of for a very long time.