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Lee Selby: Title defence in doubt as challenger Eduardo Ramirez misses weight

Lee Selby has been global champion since beating Evgeny Gradovich in May 2015

Wales’ Lee Selby turns out to make sure you retain his global IBF featherweight establish after challenger Eduardo Ramirez didn’t make the weight for Saturday’s bout.

The Mexican was eight pounds over the restrict [126 pounds] this week.

“The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) say he cannot come in any lower than 9st2lbs (128lbs) for health reasons,” promoter Frank Warren mentioned.

“So if the fight goes ahead Lee will remain champion whatever the result.”

Ramirez would no longer officially weigh-in previous to Friday afternoon, alternatively he now will have to lose quite a lot of weight to fulfill the BBBoC guidelines.

Astonishingly, Ramirez moreover went missing in London ahead of the in recent years’s final media conference, which was behind schedule for an hour as Warren sent assistants to search around his lodge.

“We were trying to find him. This is very unprofessional and unacceptable behaviour and it will be very disappointing if Selby is denied another fight at the last moment,” Warren confirmed.

Despite being confident to retain his establish, the inside track caps off a gloomy 12 months the Welsh boxer who has endured setbacks in and out of the ring.

He spotted a battle in January in opposition to Jonathan Victor Barros postponed when his opponent failed a blood test, denying him an opportunity to fulfil a early life dream of boxing in Las Vegas.

By the time Barros was cleared to satisfy Selby, this time in London, the Barry-boxer fought despite the fact that it were given right here merely days after the lack of lifetime of his mother Frankie. Having no longer been in the ring for so long, Selby felt obliged to box. Just each week later, his grandfather moreover died.

“After all that has happened in 2017 I’ve learned to cope with serious disappointment,” he mentioned.

“I will merely stay professional and targeted and hope that this guy shows up on the night.

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