The former IBF featherweight titleholder Lee Selby will make his return to lightweight this year in a title eliminator bout. To challenge for the IBF lightweight championship, Selby will face George Kambosos Jr. on October 31.
The bout was initially scheduled for May but was postponed because of coronavirus restrictions in the country. It was then rescheduled for October 3, but it was yet again postponed because of the government restrictions regarding the entry of crowds in the arena.
The new date was then finalized for 31 on the undercard of the Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora, which is also a title eliminator bout.
Lee Selby (28–2, 9 KOs) is coming back to lightweight after losing his IBF featherweight title to Josh Warrington in May 2018. He is coming off a win over Ricky Burns via majority decision in October last year.
His opponent George Kambosos Jr. (18-0, 10 KOs) is an undefeated fighter coming off a win over Mickey Bey via split decision in December.
It will be an entire year since Selby has stepped foot in the ring to compete. Going into this bout, it will be interesting to see how the lockdown and the year off will affect his performance.
Kambosos is coming off a relatively shorter lay off. This might not seem like much but means a lot in the sport of boxing, where ring rust is a very common issue.
The winner of this title eliminator bout will then face the current IBF lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez. Lopez, however, is set to face the WBA (Super), WBO, and Ring Magazine lightweight champion, Vasiliy Lomachenko. The title unification bout will take place on October 17.