Lee Selby will defend his IBF World Featherweight title against Eduardo Ramirez on the 9th December 2017 at the Copperbox Arena, London.
Selby, 30, won the title when he defeated Evgeny Gradovich in 2015 and the Welshman has successfully defended his title three times since. A win over Gradovich could set up a showdown with mandatory challenger, Josh Warrington next year.
Selby spoke of his opponent and knows a win is a must in order to be apart of the big fights next year.
“Ramirez is a very good unbeaten fighter and he comes from a good stable,” said Selby. “He’s trained by Fernando Montiel’s brother, Fernando was a former challenger of mine and his brother is a very experienced coach.
“He has a decent ranking with the IBF and you don’t get there by accident, he’s worked his way into the mix and he’s going to give me a tough test. He’s a southpaw which is another challenge for myself.
“There’s a lot of pressure on this fight, one loss will mess up my whole career. There’s massive fights to be made against Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton next year so it’s vital that I come through this fight.
“This show has everything, you have two of the best technical boxers in the country in myself and DeGale, and then you have two of the best prospects in the country in Yarde and Dubois. I’m proud and honoured to be a part of this bill.”
Lee Selby will be apart of a good night of boxing as James DeGale takes on Caleb Truax as he defends his IBF Super Middleweight title and Daniel Dubois faces Dorian Darch at the Copperbox Arena on the 9th December 2017.