Due to the pandemic, boxing at least in the United Kingdom has been pushed back a little further as the country tries to slowly get back into the swing of putting sports back into the mix.
This has caused the match ups slated to take place in June from Matchroom Boxing to be pushed back to a later date. One of those matches pitted Lee Selby against George Kambosos Jr. in an in a Final Eliminator for the IBF Lightweight World Title. The contest that was originally slated for May, then June, is now October.
“In line with the latest BBBofC and Government guidelines relating to COVID-19, Matchroom Boxing have taken the decision to reschedule their events due to take place in Newcastle on Saturday June 27th and Cardiff on Saturday July 11th, while the event taking place at Manchester Arena on Saturday July 4th has been cancelled.
— lee selby (@leeselby126) June 3, 2020
Subject to the developing situation, Lee Selby’s IBF Lightweight World Title Final Eliminator against George Kambosos Jr at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff has been rescheduled to Saturday October 3rd, while Lewis Ritson’s clash with former World Champion Miguel Vazquez at the Utilita Arena Newcastle has been rescheduled to Saturday October 17th.
Tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates in Cardiff and Newcastle or refunds will be available from your point of purchase. Tickets for the cancelled Manchester event will be available from your point of purchase.”
Selby (28-2, 9 KOs), a former IBF Featherweight World Champion, edged out Scottish legend Ricky Burns via a majority decision at The O2 in London last October to stay in line for another World Title shot and now finds himself within touching distance of becoming a two-weight World Champion.
Kambosos Jr (18-0, 10 KOs), hailing from Sydney in Australia, defeated former World Champion Mickey Bey on away territory at Madison Square Garden in New York last time out to announce himself as a rising star of the Lightweight division and put on notice to end Selby’s career when this bout takes place.
Will that happen? We’ll have to tentatively wait until October to find out.