Lee Selby is currently looking forward to returning to The O2 if he takes on prior world champion Ricky Burns.
Selby will examine himself from Burns at a lightweight battle about the undercard of Regis Prograis-Josh Taylor at The O2 on October 26, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
“The O2 was great for me, I have boxed there more than any place. I won the Lonsdale belt there,” said Selby.
“I defended and won the world title and now I’m back there on October 26. Now I have a tough opponent in front of me. Ricky Burns is a former three-weight world champion.
“To win a world title and defend it once, you’ve got to become an excellent fighter. To do it you’ve got to be brilliant. To do it in 3 different weight, you are elite. I’ve got the utmost respect for Ricky Burns.
“We discussed with the ring back in 2014, he made me for sparring before the Terrence Crawford battle and by what I could recall it was great sparring. It was competitive, it had been down and up and after each spar everyone stood and gave us a standing ovation.
“If the sparring is not anything to go by, we are in for a treat”
Selby moved up two weight divisions later losing his IBF world featherweight title to Josh Warrington in 2018, but the Welshman believes it was a boon in disguise.
“Clearly it was bothering but it’s like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders. I can fight at a comfortable weight, I am happy in the gym and I am feeling great,” he added.
Burns will return to activity after a year away from the ring once he chooses former world champion Selby.
“Finally I’ve got one over the lineup,” explained Burns. “It’s been a frustrating year for me, a couple of fights are talked about but fell through. So that we pulled it from the bag for this 18, Apparently, my struggle was November.
“I know I’ve got a difficult fight, as Lee mentioned, we have sparred before.
“At night the very best man can win but I just feel I’m going out there to do a project. Training has been going well so far and I can not wait”
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