Lee Selby is looking forward to returning to the O2 if he takes on prior world champion Ricky Burns.
Selby will test himself at a lightweight battle about the undercard of Regis Prograis-Josh Taylor in The O2 on October 26 from Burns, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
“The O2 was great for me, I’ve boxed there more than any venue. I won the Lonsdale belt outright there,” said Selby.
“I won and defended the world title and I’m back on October 26. Now I have a difficult opponent. Ricky Burns is a former three-weight world champion.
“To win a world title and shield it after, you’ve got to be an excellent fighter. You have got to become brilliant to do it twice. You are elite, to get it done in 3 different weight. I’ve got the utmost respect for Ricky Burns.
“We shared the ring back in 2014, he got me for sparring ahead of the Terrence Crawford battle and by what I can remember it was great sparring. It was competitive, it was up and down and after every spar everyone stood and gave us a standing ovation.
“So if the sparring is not anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.”
Selby moved up two weight divisions after losing his IBF world featherweight title to Josh Warrington in 2018, but the Welshman considers it was a blessing in disguise.
“Clearly it was bothering but it’s just like a burden has been lifted off my waist. I am able to struggle at a more comfortable weight, I’m happy in the gym and I am feeling good,” he added.
Burns can return after a year off in the ring after he takes on fellow former world champion Selby.
“Finally I have one over the lineup,” explained Burns. “It has been a frustrating year for me personally, a couple fights have been spoken about but fell through. Apparently, my struggle was November so we pulled it.
“I know I have a difficult fight, as Lee mentioned, we have sparred before.
“At night that the best person will win but I just feel I am heading out there to perform a job. Training has been going well so far and I can not wait.”
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