Lee Selby tells Josh Warrington he needs to win well to earn a world title chance
Lee Selby has warned Josh Warrington he needs to put on a show to set up their world title showdown next summer. The IBF featherweight champion has been called out by the Leeds fighter for the past few months and is likely to be ringside to see him take on unbeaten Panamian Jorge Sanchez (15-0-KO9), on the undercard of Joshua v Whyte, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Warrington holds the WBC International title and Selby is ready to make an all-British affair later next year but made it clear his rival needs to look good to earn his first shot at a world crown.
"I've never seen Sanchez but I had a quick look on boxrec and he's small but it looks like he can punch," he told Sky Sports.
"He boxed down at bantamweight and he's only young, so I can only see Warrington beating him. But at this level winning isn't always enough."
"I want Warrington to win and I want him to look good doing it. If he can, then we can start building up a fight next summer. Hopefully Sanchez is the right opponent for him to do that. I should be at the O2 to watch how he does."
I want Warrington to win and I want him to look good doing it. If he can, then we can start building up a fight next summer.
Selby (22-1-KO8), suggested Warrington (22-0-KO4) could be 'exposed' back in September when he took on one of his former victims, Australia's Joel Brunker, only for the 24-year-old to win a unanimous decision, 120-108 on all three cards.
The IBF champion also won his last fight on points, beating Fernando Montiel in Arizona, in October, and wants to have his second defence - a mandatory - on home soil, before taking on Warrington.
"I started back training a couple of weeks ago," he said.
"I want to get back in February, over here, not in the States. It looks like it will be mandatory then Warrington in the summer. That's what I want."
Selby and promoter Eddie Hearn are waiting to see who the challenger will be, with America's Eric Hunter (21-3-KO11) top of the current IBF ratings, but not the mandatory. Argentina's former WBA world champion, Jonathan Barros (39-4-1-KO22) is ranked just behind him.
"The IBF is the best place to be a mandatory challenger and sometimes not the best place to be a champion, because they always enforce the mandatory," said Hearn.
"There are no favours - they follow the rules. It's the same with the Tyson Fury situation and the Kell Brook situation and the James DeGale situation.
"Selby is looking at that mandatory next up and he's looking to get out in February or March. He wants to box in the UK this time so we're talking about trying to make that happen."