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Frampton vs Santa Cruz II: Lee Selby fight canceled, opponent denied license

Lee Selby’s scheduled IBF featherweight title defense is off.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Lee Selby was slated to defend the IBF featherweight title on Saturday night in Las Vegas, with the fight set to air on Showtime Extreme, but that bout has been canceled, as opponent Jonathan Victor Barros was denied a license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Selby-Barros will be replaced on the SHO Extreme broadcast by a fight between Josh Taylor and Alfonso Olvera. David Benavidez vs Sherali Mamajonov will also air, as scheduled, but now in the SHO Extreme main event slot.

Selby (23-1, 8 KO) was hoping a win would set him up for a potential unification bout with Carl Frampton this summer in Belfast, and that fight could certainly still happen. Frampton defense his WBA belt against Leo Santa Cruz in the Showtime main event, a rematch of Frampton’s win over Santa Cruz last July.

The NSAC gave no detail on Barros (41-4-1, 22 KO) not receiving a license.

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