LEE Selby reckons his greater experience will give him the edge over George Kambosos in their IBF world lightweight title final eliminator at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on May 9.

Tony Borg-trained Selby headlines a show which also sees St Joseph’s stablemate Gavin Gwynne face Northern Ireland’s James Tennyson for the vacant British lightweight strap.

Selby, 33, is bidding to become his country’s first two-weight world champion after reigning as IBF featherweight king for three years before losing his crown to Josh Warrington in May 2018.

The winner of Selby-Kambosos would be the mandatory challenger to whoever prevails in the clash between current champion Teofimo Lopez and legendary Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko.

“It’s a big fight,” said Selby. “I’m glad to be back in Cardiff and fighting in Wales.

“The Welsh fans have been crying out for big-time boxing back in Wales, and I’m proud to be the man to bring it back.

“I’ve got a tough task ahead of me. George is a very good fighter, unbeaten in 18 fights, and he can punch and box. He’s a pressure fighter.

“I think he’s the seventh unbeaten fighter I’ve boxed in my career and the third Australian.

“One Australian, Joel Brunker, I boxed in a final eliminator for the IBF featherweight title, so it’s a similar sort of scenario.

“I’ve shared the ring with Kambosos at the Wildcard gym in Los Angeles, we sparred a few rounds.

“He’s a good fighter, but I took enough from those couple of rounds to know what I’ve got to do in the fight here.

“One thing I have got over George is experience. He’s had 18 fights, I’ve had maybe 17 or 18 title fights, so I’ve got a wealth of experience.

“That’s what I’m hoping to bring to the fight, and I’m hoping that’s going to help me win.”

Speaking at the first press conference ahead of the show later this spring, Selby also admitted that he should have moved up from featherweight much earlier in his career.

“I think lightweight is the perfect weight for me,” he said. “I believe I should have been a lightweight a lot earlier in my career.

“After winning the world title and defending, that’s when I should have stepped up to super-featherweight and then lightweight.

“But there were always those big fights looming, and being the champion, the last thing you want to do is give up your title. I’d rather lose it in the ring.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn said of Selby: “He was a great champion at featherweight, went out to America and defended it, and has now moved up two weight divisions.

“He just has to win this fight to be guaranteed another shot at the IBF world lightweight championship.

“At the moment, he would the mandatory challenger to the winner of Vasyl Lomachenko against Teofimo Lopez, which is one of the biggest fights in world boxing.

“Whether that champion stays there for Lee Selby, we hope so, but this is a massive fight for his career, and an opportunity to become a two-weight world champion.”