Preview: Gradovich vs. Selby at the O2 Arena


London’s O2 Arena has long been synonymous for great nights out, whether it was for a sell-out concert or to walk through the various exhibitions on offer, celebrating the best of music in the last century.

One thing that people do not often associate the O2 with, however, is its value as a sports arena. In particular, akin to the grandiose hotels of Las Vegas, the O2 Arena has become one of the most exciting boxing venues in London, and as such we’re looking forward to the forthcoming Gradovich vs Selby fight, set to take place this spring.

On 25th April, Welshman Lee Selby will make his debut world title against Russian opponent Evgeny Gradovich. The 28-year-old has lost just once in 21 professional fights with eight stoppages, and has also won the Commonwealth, British and European featherweight titles, making him a worthy opponent for Gradovich.

However, Gradovich’s record is not something to be sniffed at either: the 28-year-old has 19 wins and one draw with nine stoppages. In March 2013, he won the IBF belt from Billy Dib.

The evening will surely make for an exciting event, particularly considering the other boxing events that are set to take place in May. Just one year after the nail-biting Carl Froch versus George Groves rematch, the O2 will also be hosting the World Championship Boxing event on 30th May, in which Lee Selby will also participate.

With all this to look forward to, the pressure is certainly on for staff at the O2 Arena to make the evening in April unforgettable. A 20,000 seat arena, the venue is packed out with added attractions which will surely make for an exciting event night – the circular venue has a plethora of bars, restaurants and even nightclubs for viewers to carry on their evening after the fight is over.

Gradovich versus Selby isn’t the only fight to look forward to however – while his opponent is yet to be confirmed, fellow Welshman Nathan Cleverly will also be taking to the ring on 25th April. The 28-year-old has been boxing professionally since 2005 and is the current WBO light heavyweight world champion, as well as a former European, British and Commonwealth light heavyweight champion.

Whether or not you’re a boxing fan, this spring’s catalogue of exciting events at the O2 will surely make sure that it’s the go-to venue for anyone looking for an unforgettable night out.



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