Lee Selby bids to become world champion against Evgeny Gradovich

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Lee Selby takes on Evgeny Gradovich at the 02 in London this weekend for the IBF Featherweight championship of the world in chief support in the mega 'Rule Britannia' card.

The 'Welsh Mayweather' is looking to claim his first world title and in the process become the 12th world champion from Wales and the first from his home town of Barry Island.

The 28-year-old has come through his professional career in the traditional manner claiming the Welsh, Celtic, British, Commonwealth and European Featherweight titles as well as two WBC International belts.

The tall slick entertaining title challenger has showcased his skills against tough opposition on the way to becoming number one challenger for the IBF.

In his last outing Selby dispatched the former unbeaten Australian Joel Brunker in the ninth round to set up the bout with the Russian belt holder this Saturday.

Evgeny Gradovich

The champion Gradovich nicknamed the 'Mexican Russian' for his come forward style is yet to taste defeat as a professional, winning the IBF strap back in March 2013 by a close points decision over Billy Dib.

The Californian resident has since then defended his crown four times with his most impressive display as champion coming in a ninth round stoppage win in the rematch with Dib.

Last time out the 28-year-old battled with challenger Jayson Velez to a draw and now in opponent Selby the Russian may find himself up against it, although a frequent traveller the belt holder will not be unnerved by coming to London and with both boxers different styles this title fight promises to catch fire.

Superstar In The Making?

Selby has waited for his opportunity and if he comes out victorious this Saturday he can look forward down the line to possible unification battles with the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko (WBO), Gary Russell Jr (WBC) and Nicholas Walters (WBA).

The Welshman claims fight fans are yet to see the best of him in the ring as he has appeared to coast and toy with opponents in the past, rarely having been pushed on the back foot, Selby only has the one sole defeat which came very early into his professional career.

The challenger admits the defeat was partly his on undoing as he show boated during the fight but also suggests the points decision loss was controversial.

The confidence of Selby along with the swagger and show boating paired with his talent can make the Barry Island man a global superstar. On Saturday we may see the best of the Welsh featherweight but the worry for British fight fans is that we may also see the best in the warrior champion Gradovich.

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