Lee Selby’s first title defence of 2017 has been confirmed for the Carl Frampton-Leo Santa Cruz undercard.

The 29-year-old, who is the IBF World featherweight champion, will defend his title against Jonathan Victor Barros at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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This will be Selby’s first fight in 10 months, and the 29-year-old is looking forward to getting back into the ring and taking another huge step towards his awaited fight with Frampton, who is defending his WBA Super belt in a rematch against Santa Cruz.

Speaking to Sky Sports News ahead of his title defence, Selby said:

I can’t wait to get in there again. I’ve been expecting it since before Christmas and for some reason they’ve left it until the last minute, but I don’t know why and I don’t care, the main thing is I am on it.

It is one hell of a card but winning will set up a big fight between me and Frampton – that’s the one Britain wants to see next.

But there’s me defending my world title against a former world champion and Mikey Garcia taking on Zlaticanin, which will be a great fight.

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