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Evgeny Gradovich-Lee Selby Set For April 25 in London

By Jake Donovan

Evgeny Gradovich will travel to jolly old England for his next title defense. The unbeaten featherweight will face mandatory challenger Lee Selby, with the bout set for April 25 in London, England.

The two sides came to terms, thus avoiding the fight having to go to a purse bid hearing. 

The fight was ordered by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), who recognizes Gradovich as its featherweight champion. 

Gradovich (19-0-1, 9KOs) won the belt with a 12-round decision over Billy Dib in March '13, having since successfully defended four times. Included among the lot was a far more convincing win over Dib, forcing the Aussie to wilt in the 9th round of their Nov. '13 rematch.

His last defense came last November, fighting to a 12-round draw with Jayson Velez in their HBO-televised title fight in which most viewers though Gradovich deserved the nod.

Selby (20-1, 8KOs) earned the mandatory ranking with a 9th round stoppage over previously unbeaten Joel Brunker last October. He has won 16 straight dating back to 2009. The bout will mark his first crack at a major title, though coming in the comfortable confines of his home country, where he has fought exclusively since turning pro in 2008.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JayCho on 02-19-2015

I think I'll almost definitely go down to london for this!

Comment by Cuban Linx on 02-19-2015

Lee lacks power but he's a very good boxer. I think he should be favored here.

Comment by IronDanHamza on 02-19-2015

Wow ok, that's great news. So yeah it will likely land on that 25th April card. Degale-Dirrell Joshua-Johnson Selby-Gradovich Mitchell-Linares I might just have to make my way down to that one if all those fights land on that card.

Comment by Hougigo on 02-19-2015

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;15394299]Linares has a voluntary. Will be fight Mitchell for his voluntary? If that's on there Hearn will defintely make it PPV. 3 world title fights and Joshua-Johnson[/QUOTE] Apparently not now More great news! The @WBCBoxing have ordered…

Comment by JayCho on 02-19-2015

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;15394299]Linares has a voluntary. Will be fight Mitchell for his voluntary? If that's on there Hearn will defintely make it PPV. 3 world title fights and Joshua-Johnson[/QUOTE] Mitchell is the mandatory but eddie hearn tweeted earlier today that WBC have…

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