Lee Selby: Welshman to defend title on undercard of Frampton v Santa Cruz

Lee Selby
Lee Selby defeated Eric Hunter at the O2 Arena in his only fight in 2016

Lee Selby's defence of his world IBF featherweight title against Jonathan Barros has been confirmed for 28 January Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel.

The Welshman's third mandatory title defence will be on a bill topped by Carl Frampton's WBA world featherweight title rematch with Leo Santa Cruz.

Selby wants to emulate UK fighters Lennox Lewis, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe and Amir Khan in Las Vegas.

"I always knew that's where I wanted to fight," said the 29-year-old.

"My mandatory challenger is experienced, dangerous and I will not take him lightly.

"I've had a strong training camp and I am 100% focused on putting on a show for the American fans and the travelling fans."

Selby, from Barry in south Wales, is being lined-up to fight the winner of Frampton v Santa Cruz in 2017.

Northern Irishman Frampton claimed a points win over Santa Cruz of Mexico in July.

Montenegrin Dejan Zlaticanin defends his WBC lightweight title against Mikey Garcia of the United States in the third world title fight scheduled for the bill in January.

Selby had previously told the BBC he expected his next title defence to be in the USA.

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