Lee Selby to defend IBF world title against Jonathan Victor Barros after mother's death

Lee Selby
Lee Selby has lost just once in 24 professional fights

Welshman Lee Selby says he will be "focused" and "professional" as he prepares for a world title defence just days after the death of his mother.

Featherweight Selby, 30, will defend his IBF belt against Jonathan Victor Barros in Wembley on Saturday.

His mother, Frankie, died suddenly on Tuesday evening.

"I'm OK, I'm good. I'm here to do a job, and a job is what I'll do. [I'll] stay focused, stay professional," Selby told BBC Wales Sport.

"Saturday night I'm going to get a win and travel back home to Barry.

"Family comes first. In my life, that's what comes first. Family and boxing - that's all I am."

A 'brave young man'

Selby had been scheduled to face Barros last January in Las Vegas.

But the fight was called off with 24 hours' notice after the 33-year-old Argentine failed to meet the Nevada Athletic Commission's licensing conditions.

Selby and Barros will now meet on the same card as Chris Eubank Jr against Arthur Abraham.

"Lee and the team have made the decision that they will proceed with the contest on Saturday," said Selby's manager, Jamie Sanigar.

"Lee is a brave young man and he's here to do a job on Saturday."

Selby hopes for Frampton bout

Selby hopes a victory in what is his his third defence would set up a British Super fight against Northern Ireland's Carl Frampton.

He fights mandatory challenger Barros six months after their original Las Vegas bout was called off.

'If I'd have won in style in Las Vegas, me and Carl would be getting it on right now," said Selby.

"If we both come through our next fights with wins, I'm sure we could get it on."

Jonathan Victor Barros
Jonathan Victor Barros has won 41 of his pro fights, with four losses and one draw

Despite being a world champion, Selby believes recent match up have not helped his chances of headlining shows.

'I'm fighting Barros who isn't that high profile in the UK. without the right opponent I can't see me headlining those shows.

"Getting Barros out the way frees me up for the big fights.

"It's been a long time coming, but I'm looking forward to putting on a show and seeing the back of Jonathan Barros."

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