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Lee Selby vs. Josh Warrington Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/19/18

Warrington vs. Selby

Boxing: Saturday, May 19, 2018 (Elland Road Football Ground)

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Lee Selby and Josh Warrington fight Saturday at the Elland Road Football Ground for the IBF World Featherweight Title.

Lee Selby enters this fight with a 26-1 record that includes nine knockouts. Selby has won 22 straight fights and is coming off a December win over Eduardo Ramirez. Selby is still mowing down the competition, as he proves he’s one of the top featherweights in the world and will be defending his belt for the fifth time. Selby is a 31-year-old who stands at 5’8”, has a 69 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Selby is considered a boxing technician with an extremely high IQ and terrific defense. Selby may not be the flashy boxer who knocks guys out and has overwhelming punching power, but he simply wins fights by forcing his opponent to make mistakes and knows what it takes to win rounds. Often considered the Welsh Mayweather, Selby makes it tough for his opponent to get in a rhythm. Four of Selby’s last five fights have ended in decisions. Selby’s only career loss came in 2009 against Samir Mouneimne, which was his fifth career pro fight. Selby has fought all but one of his fights in the UK, his birthplace. 

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Lee Selby vs. Josh Warrington Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/19/18

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Josh Warrington enters this fight with a 26-0 record that includes six knockouts. This will be Warrington’s fifth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a October win over Dennis Ceylan. Warrington has been building his resume the last couple of years and appears to finally be ready to take things to the next level with what would be hiss biggest victory by far. Warrington is a 27-year-old who stands at 5’7” and has an orthodox stance. Warrington has very quick hands, is solid defensively and has great head movement. Warrington likes to come forward, pressure his opponent and isn’t shy about putting together combinations. Still, Warrington is coming off an impressive knockout victory, but a KO percentage of 23 percent isn’t scaring anybody. Warrington is an entertaining fighter who is going to bring the fight to his opponent and brings a lot of confidence to the ring, which can be intimidating at times. Warrington has fought all but one of his fights in the UK, his birthplace.

Warrington is the more aggressive fighter between the two, which could be key in a fight that features two guys who don’t pack much of a punch and usually rely on the judges. If Warrington can dictate the pace and bring the fight to Selby, this will be a very dangerous bout for Lightning. However, Selby is the better boxer overall, as his defense, IQ and patience in the ring make him one of the better boxers in the world regardless of division. Selby didn’t look his best in his last fight, but when he’s on and motivated, he’s capable of outclassing many big names. I’m also concerned about Warrington and his resume, yes, he’s improved it recently by taking on bigger names, but he’s never fought a fighter close to as polished and accomplished as Selby. Win or lose, we’re going to learn about Warrington in this fight.

I give Selby the nod.

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