Boxing Preview – Lee Selby vs Evgeny Gradovich

Boxing Preview – Lee Selby vs Evgeny Gradovich

8pm) Lee Selby vs Evgeny Gradovich

Eddie Hearn and Matchroom will be continuing the big weekend of Boxing with a PPV card taking place in the English capital on Saturday evening. The card features three World title bouts, with three Brits all in contention to earn a World championship. The first of the night sees the Russian Evgeny Gradovich seeking to live up to his name of being one of the best road Boxers in the World as he sees of a challenge from the ‘Welsh Mayweather’, Lee Selby.

We are expecting Selby to win on points, which is currently priced at 10/11. You can ‘Treble the Odds’ with 888 Sport and a £10 bet could return £57.30. Click here or the banner below to sign up for this offer. 

Selby will finally get his first shot at a World title after a seven year professional career. Selby has had a solid four years which has shown his skill, which came into question after losing his fifth professional fight. Many fought Selby would just stall as being a domestic fighter, but he’s come on leaps and bounds since then. Selby’s particularly strong 2014 saw him get technical knockout victories against Rendall Munroe in the sixth and a previous unbeaten Joel Brunker in the ninth, with a dominant decision victory over Romulo Koasicha. Selby has earned twenty wins across 21 fights, with 8 stoppages to his name.

His nickname as the ‘Welsh Mayweather’ is a result of his very modern day style, Boxing by the saying of ‘hit and don’t get hit’. Although comparing him to Mayweather is slightly drastic, his style is very similar and he utilises it well. He’s very much a finesse fighter and uses his head more than physicality. He hasn’t got loads of power and he’s not really been tested to a high standard, Gradovich is a big step up.


Gradovich has also earned a title, just like Selby, for how he has shaped his career. The Russian, fighting out of Oxnard, California, has earned amateur credentials after a glowing amateur career in Russia, and has carved his professional career in just USA and China, on his way to a 20 fight undefeated record. After stopping Billy Dib in the ninth in November 2013, Gradovich earned a decision victory over the tough Alexander Miskirtchian, before drawing against Jayson Velez in his last fight last November.

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Gradovich’s fantastic 123 – 23 record in the amateurs presents his fantastic Boxing ability as a whole, but under the tutoring of Roberto Garcia, Gradovich has also earned the name as the Mexican Russian for the aggressive come forward style where he will actively apply pressure, trying to force a brawl. His style isn’t great for Selby as Gradovich’s recklessness might see him get frustrated trying to hit a target which won’t be there as Selby can make him miss. If he draws Selby into a brawl, this could spell trouble for the Welshmen however.

This bout is going to be huge proving grounds for both men, and with the IBF featherweight title on the line, with the prospect of future unification bout within sight, the motivation is there for both men to perform well. Selby simply can’t afford to have an off night, and I don’t think he will. He has the benefit of British cards in his corner who are notoriously in favour of home fighters, but technically speaking, I don’t think this matters. As aforementioned, Gradovich’s style is made for Selby, and Gradovich has never dealt with an evasive target as much as Selby. Selby will thrive on the back foot as he orchestrates movement around the ring, largely landing during his counter punching phases. He will need to make the most of these phases because he won’t win his point on the inside. Unless Gradovich forces Selby into a phonebox brawl, I think Selby weaves and Boxes his way to a close, but deserved decision victory, and his first World title.

Dan Glozier.


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