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Selby/Warrington Make Weight, But Ugly Scenes Mar The Weigh In

Racial overtures from the challengers camp reported to the BBBofC

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

We have a fight!

Lee Selby and Josh Warrington both successfully made weight ahead of tomorrow night's IBF featherweight title clash tomorrow night in the challengers home city of Leeds.

Selby was the heavier man on the scales, weighing in at 8 stone 13 pounds 12 ounces (125.75 pounds) just shading under the featherweight limit of 126 pounds. Much was made of how gaunt Selby looked. Many forget that Selby made super-featherweight earlier in his career, and despite the fact that he does find it difficult to make it to the weight, he has yet to miss the 126-pound limit in his career. 

It is thought by many that at 31-years old the Welshman will return to 130-pounds sooner rather than later. The IBF champion raised his title aloft following his trip to the scales. It will come as a surprise to no one that his appearance in the stadium was met with boos and jeers from a heavily pro-Warrington crowd.

The Leeds-man goes into the fight as the smaller fighter. Warrington weighed 8st 12lb 14oz (124.9lbs). Sending a heavily partisan crowd into a frenzy.

The banter between the two has made for entertaining viewing in the build-up to this fight. Although it has to be said that the verbal barbs have come from the challenger's corner while the challenger's demeanor has been incredibly calm. 

Unfortunately, the weigh-in was not without incident. the champion's team have reported Warrington's trainer to the BBBofC for racism. During the weigh-in, Warrington's co-trainer Manners - who fought Welsh boxing legend Joe Calzaghe in 1995 - had two blow up sheep dolls in an attempt to "antagonise" Selby.

Sadly for Selby that was only the beginning of his worries as he and his team were attacked by fans on his exit from the weigh in. It has been reported that fans surrounded the van carrying the IBF champion and his team was surrounded by fans and kicked and punched as they attempted to leave.

You can catch the fight on BT Sport from 7pm tomorrow night. Hopefully, the behaviour of the few will not affect what should be a great night of boxing.