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Lee Selby is currently looking forward to returning to The O2 when he takes on prior three-weight world winner Ricky Burns.
Selby will test himself from Burns at a lightweight clash on 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’ve boxed there more than any venue. I won the Lonsdale belt outright there,” said Selby.
“I defended and won the world title and now I’m back on October 26. Now I have a tough competitor facing me. Ricky Burns is a former world champion.
“To win a domain and defend it after, you have got to become an excellent fighter. You have got to be brilliant to do it twice. To do it you’re elite. I’ve got the utmost respect for Ricky Burns.
“We shared with the ring back in 2014, he got me for sparring before his Terrence Crawford struggle and from what I can remember it was fantastic sparring. It was very competitive, it was down and up and after each spar everybody stood and gave a standing ovation to us.
“So if the sparring is anything to go by, we’re in for a treat.”
Two weight divisions moved up later losing his IBF world featherweight title to Josh Warrington at 2018, but the Welshman considers it was a blessing in disguise.
“Obviously it was bothering but it’s just like a burden was lifted off my waist. I am able to struggle at a comfortable weight, I am happy at the gym and I am feeling great,” he added.
Burns will return to action after a year away from the ring after he takes on former world champion Selby.
“Finally I have one over the line,” said Burns. “It’s been a frustrating year for me personally, a couple of fights are spoken about but dropped through. Clearly, my fight was November so we pulled it.
“I understand I’ve got a tough struggle, as Lee said, we have sparred before.
“On the night the very best man will win but I just feel I’m going out there to perform a job. Training has been going well so far and I can not wait”
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