Kevin Mitchell and Lee Selby to challenge for world titles on May 30 in London

19/03/2015 19:30

British lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell (39-2, 29 KOs) will challenge Jorge Linares (38-3, 25 KOs) for the WBC lightweight title, while Lee Selby (20-1, 8 KOs) takes on undefeated Russian Evgveny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9 KOs) for the IBF featherweight belt on May 30 at the O2 Arena in London.

“This is a huge night for British boxing and today’s announcement is just the beginning,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

"I'm delighted to deliver shots for Kevin and Lee in the UK and they have every chance of becoming world champions on May 30."

Mitchell earned the mandatory position when he stopped Daniel Estrada in the eighth round in January.

Venezuela's Linares, who is a former world champion at featherweight and super featherweight, won the 135-pound title by knocking out Javier Prieto in the fourth round in December in his last outing.

"Linares is an incredible fighter, a three-weight world ruler, but Kevin has been exceptional with us and I truly believe he is going to do it," said Hearn.

Meanwhile Welsh featherweight Selby takes on Gradovich, who will be making his fifth world title defence.

Selby is the mandatory challenger after stopping Joel Brunker in the ninth round in October in his last outing.

"Lee has been virtually punch-perfect over the last few years, but now it's his moment against one of the best fighters in the division in Gradovich," said Hearn.

Also on the bill, unbeaten British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) will face experienced American Kevin Johnson (29-6-1, 14 KOs).

The 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Joshua faces the toughest test of his professional career to date against Johnson, who is a former world title challenger and has never been stopped.

"Kevin is a big step for Anthony Joshua and signifies his first real challenge in the pro ranks," said Hearn. "He brings personality and attitude as well as plenty of ring craft. I'm buzzing for this show already, and fans can expect plenty of other major announcements for the card."