Welsh boxer Lee Selby says looking forward to boxing as free agent, Welsh boxer Lee Selby says he is anticipating boxing as a free specialist as he pursues huge battles in 2017.
The IBF featherweight champion comes back to the ring against Adoni Gago at the O2 Arena on Saturday, having not battled in 11 months since beating Eric Hunter.
Selby saw a Las Vegas title safeguard wiped out in January and the non-title battle with Gago will check the finish of Selby’s concurrence with Matchroom.
“This is my last battle with Matchroom, after this I am a free operator,” he said.
“I will have an agreement with nobody.
“My counsel [Al Haymon] and my chief [Chris Sanigar] will be allowed to put me on shows anyplace on the planet.
“Ideally that will mean I battle in America increasingly and in my nation of origin.”
Selby says he is focusing on the greatest names in his division and would be quick to confront Carl Frampton, with a third battle amongst Frampton and Santa Cruz now looking more outlandish.
“I need to be in the ring with every one of the three of Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares, in any request, either guarding my title or in unification battles,” Selby clarified.
After a time of dormancy and the failure of a delayed battle, Selby is excited to come back to the ring for a sold-out bill at the O2 Arena.
“I am anticipating battling, at long last, yet notwithstanding saying that, I won’t think the battle is unquestionably occurring until I see him in the other corner of the ring,” he said.
“I am anticipating getting back in there, on the enormous stage.
“He’s not been halted, Gago, but rather I am quite recently going into get the win by any methods, however in the event that I can put one on him, I will.
“I don’t anticipate that latency will have any impact on my execution; I’m in the rec center constantly, getting hours on the sack, competing.
“I’ve observed him, yet I don’t care to concentrate my adversaries, I get a kick out of the chance to see their style and afterward adjust on the night.”