Former featherweight titleholder Lee Selby will make his return on Feb. 23 in London, when he faces Omar Douglas in a lightweight bout on the DeGale-Eubank undercard.
Selby (26-2, 9 KO) hasn’t fought since last May, when he lost his IBF 126-pound title to Josh Warrington. He’ll be moving up two weight classes to take on Douglas (19-2, 13 KO), a former prospect who lost back-to-back fights to Javier Fortuna and Edner Cherry in 2016-17.
Selby says he’s moving up after struggles making weight at featherweight, and that he’s choosing to skip over the super featherweight division because of more attractive potential matchups at 135, including, as named, Luke Campbell, Anthony Crolla, Ricky Burns, Vasiliy Lomachenko, and MIkey Garcia.
The 31-year-old Selby still has time to be a contender in the sport, but we’ll have to see how he does moving up in weight. Douglas, 27, has won his last two bouts.