Welshman Lee Selby and England’s Josh Warrington meet in a Battle of Britain blockbuster at Elland Road, Leeds on May 19 in a bout that has got fight fans excited. The IBF world featherweight title may be on the line, but some battles mean more than gold and silver.

Josh Warrington brings an undefeated record of 26-0-0 against an opponent who has lost one of his first 27, but it’s the latter who is expected to prevail with bookmakers in a rush to throw their support behind Team Selby.

With Selby’s defeat – a four-round points loss to little-known Hull boxer Samir Mouneimne – coming way back in 2009 in what was only his fifth paid contest, it’s easy to forgive that slip-up and focus on what 31-year-old Lee Selby has done since. Nicknamed Lightning, he cut down domestic names such as John Simpson, Ryan Walsh and Rendall Munroe before moving onto bigger and better things.

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Selby won the IBF strap with a points verdict over Evgeny Gradovich in 2015 and has defended that honour four times.

That includes a points victory over Mexican Eduardo Ramirez at the Copperbox Arena in London late last year, easing to 119-109, 116-112, 118-110 tally on the cards. That result means four of the champion’s last five outings have gone the 12 rounds with the spare a non-title fight against Andoni Gago designed to keep him warm. Traders have Lee Selby a 1/4 favourite to win this fight but his results ensure a points cheer will prove popular in the method of victory market.

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The latest boxing betting would have you believe Josh Warrington was a journeyman with no hope of winning but those with a watchful eye on the noble art know that’s not the case. The 27-year-old from Leeds will have the backing of a sell-out support on the night and takes confidence from a strong run of form.

Unlike the man in the opposite corner, 5ft 7inch orthodox Warrington has proven punch power to call upon and will duck between the ropes having halted two of his last three opponents. An eye-catching ninth-round victory over the very well-respected Patrick Hyland in 2016 was followed by a tenth-round TKO of Dane Dennis Ceylan at the First Direct Arena, Leeds.

Those results make the 3/1 on Warrington winning the fight a tempting offer and those loyal to the cause may just fancy him to land the knockout blow and upset the odds.

There’s no doubt Warrington is a more attractive betting price and his CV suggests he’s worth a punt, but Selby has performed at the higher level throughout his career and is a long-time holder of a recognised world title. It’s thought he’s on his way to bigger and better things and many shrewd heads believe he’ll silence the stands at Elland Road.