Lee Selby vs Josh Warrington Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
May 16, 2018
Selby travels to Leeds for featherweight title defence against home hope Warrington
IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (26-1, 9 KOs) makes the journey to Leeds to put his title on the line against latest challenger and home hope Josh Warrington (26-0, 6 KOs) this weekend.
At Elland Road on Saturday night the Welshman will make the fifth defence of his 126lbs crown, with Warrington aiming to become world champion on home territory.
In front of what is set to be a rapturous home support, Warrington will take to the ring as the 7/2 outsider with Bet365 to have his hand held high and achieve his dream in his own backyard.
The reigning title holder is regarded as a clear odds-on 1/4 favourite with Betfair to secure yet another successful defence, this time on his travels to Yorkshire.
Much has been made of the supposed home advantage Warrington will hold on fight night during the build-up, but Selby has proved he can deal with the pressure being on the road on plenty of occasions before.
The current IBF champion is yet to fight on home turf since claiming his strap, winning it when edging out Evgeny Gradovich in London back in 2015 then making defences in both the English capital again and Arizona.
Warrington aiming to dethrone champion Selby on home territory
Barry-born Selby most recently retained his featherweight belt back in December when he comfortably outpointed Mexican challenger Eduardo Ramirez at the Copper Box Arena in London.
The 31-year-old had previously decisioned Argentine Jonathan Victor Barros in July, going ahead with that bout at Wembley’s SSE Arena despite his mother having sadly passed away during his training camp.
Selby has long been calling for meetings with the big names of the division, while Warrington has been busy building his profile and chasing down a crack at world honours.
The 27-year-old contender has his opportunity now on the biggest night of his career to date and he is 9/2 with Bet365 to rally to a points victory in front of his passionate home supporters.
Although, he faces a tough task at the home stadium of his beloved Leeds United, with the Welsh world champion entering at odds-on 4/6 with William Hill to earn a decision triumph on the road.
Neither fighter is renowned for their power at the weight, though Warrington has stopped both Patrick Hyland and Dennis Ceylan in two of his last three outings, while Selby halted Andoni Gago last year.
Warrington is hot on the trail for his desired world title feat, having come through an extremely testing clash with veteran Kiko Martinez before winning a final eliminator last October.
But Selby should have the composure, experience and skillset to safely see out another successful defence over the distance in this awaited Leeds encounter.
There will be an even greater incentive on the line this weekend as well, with the eventual victor likely set to book a meeting with Carl Frampton at Windsor Park in Belfast this summer for what would be a highly lucrative clash.