Lee Selby to defend IBF title against Eric Hunter on April 9

10/03/2016 22:34

IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (22-1, 8 KOs) will defend his title aganist mandatory challenger Eric Hunter (21-3, 11 KOs) on April 9 at the O2 Arena in London.

The fight will be on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title challenge against Charles Martin.

Welshman Selby claimed the IBF belt with a dominant 8th round technical decision win over Evgeny Gradovich in May, and then traveled to the US to defend it when he won a lopsided points decision over former three-division world champion Fernando Montiel in October.

American Hunter, who is known as 'The Outlaw', has worked his way up the featherweight rankings and is fighting in his first world title bout. His last two defeats came by disqualification, for hitting on the break against Mike Oliver in September 2013 and for repeated low blows against Luis Franco in December 2010, and he has won all of his last four fights.

"I can’t wait,” said Selby. “Hunter looks decent and it will be a good fight, but I am more than ready. It’s always nice to fight in front of your home fans so it will be great to have my second defence in front of my own people.
"Last time I went away to America, so it was hard for them to watch. It was on in the early hours of the morning but this time they will get to see me and that is important. I will show why I am the IBF world champion and show people what I can do."
"This is a great fight,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. "I think the toughest of Lee’s career and I’m delighted to add it to this huge night for British boxing. I think the atmosphere and occasion will see him shine."

Also on the card, former three-time middleweight world title challenger Matthew Macklin will face former light middleweight world title challenger Brian Rose.