Newport boxer Selby set for Matchroom switch today
ST JOSEPH’S boxer Lee Selby will today be unveiled as the latest signing to the ever-expanding Matchroom stable, the Argus understands.
The Tony Borg trained fighter, who holds the British and Common-wealth featherweight titles, will be announced as the third high-profile fighter within a week to join up with Eddie Hearn at a press conference today.
In the past week Hearn has announced both George Groves and Ricky Burns as part of his stable, currently swelling in numbers with close to 20 high-profile fighters.
However, as with Groves, there is no controversy, Selby’s deal with previous promoter Frank Warren having expired.
“Lee signed a four-fight deal with Frank which has come to an end,” a spokesman for Warren told the Argus.
“We chose not to re-negotiate or re-sign with Lee and wish him all the best.”
Warren announced on Monday that he intends to sue Burns for “substantial damages”.
It could be argued that one of Burns’ main domestic rivals, Newb-ridge puncher Gavin Rees, could benefit from the fact Selby will be in the same stable.
Hearn has a 20-night-a-year deal with Sky Sports and it is likely that Rees and Selby will share the spotlight and, hopefully, some big nights of boxing in the Principality.
St Joe’s boxing trainer Tony Borg declined to comment on the new deal but believes his fighter, who won last time out impressively against Martin Lindsey in Belfast, has a style made for TV.
“I know the TV companies all think highly of Lee, he has an exciting style and TV exposure has played a part in him getting to where he is,” he said.
Matchroom will make the announcement at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane today, just as they did with Burns on Monday.
The identity of the new fighter hasn’t been released, with Hearn saying only on his Twitter page that it is “guaranteed this kid will be a world champ”.