Lee Selby
Selby, 29, returns to the O2 Arena for the second defence of his world title. Getty Images

Wales' Lee Selby will make the second defence of his IBF World Featherweight crown against mandatory challenger Eric Hunter of the United States. The bout will feature on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight title bout with Charles Martin at the O2 Arena in London on 9 April on what could be a momentous night for British boxing.

Selby successfully kept his title following a points win over Fernando Montiel in Arizona in October and faces number one contender Hunter, who will fight outside of America for the first time next month. The 29-year-old Hunter has won 21 of his 24 professional bouts, with 11 knockouts.

"I can't wait," the Barry-born Selby said. "Hunter looks decent and it will be a good fight, but I am more than ready for this one. It's always nice to fight in front of your home fans so it will be great to have my second defence in front of my own people.

"Last time I went away to America, so it was hard for them to watch. It was on in the early hours of the morning but this time they will get to see me and that is important. I will be at my best. I will show why I am the IBF world champion and show people what I can do."

Despite having not lost since May 2009, the bout represents the biggest of Selby's distinguished career since he beat Evgeny Gradovich to capture the IBF crown in 2015. "This is a great fight," added Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn. "I think the toughest of Lee's career. I think the atmosphere and occasion will see him shine on this bumper night for British boxing."