Feature | Aug 19 2014

Lee Selby hunting down IBF champ Evgeny Gradovich

Joel Brunker is the perfect step towards Gradovich Selby tells John Dennen
Lee Selby
Lee Selby

LEE SELBY is gearing up for an eliminator for the IBF featherweight title against Joel Brunker on October 11 at the O2 in London.

Selby already knows his next opponent well. “We sparred together over in America at Mayweather’s gym. We sparred over about three days. We must have done about 18 rounds together,” Lee told Boxing News. “He’s good, he’s tough, game, super-fit, high workrate so it’ll make for a good fight.”

Russia’s Evgeny Gradovich, the IBF champion, therefore is firmly in Selby’s sights. “He’s a similar style to Brunker. I think Brunker is a better fighter to be honest. [Gradovich] doesn’t look exceptional but he does everything well. I think his style will suit me again,” the Welshman said. “Joel Brunker’s a perfect fight if I do get the fight with Gradovich. They’re similar styles, perfect preparation.

 

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