Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Lee Selby: This is The Biggest Night of My Career

Lee Selby says he will take a huge step to landing his dream World title when he faces Romulo Koasicha in an official eliminator for the WBC World title at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.

Selby finds himself ranked in the top ten in the IBF and WBO and he believes can turn his number four ranking in the WBC into a shot at champion Jhonny Gonzalez with a big win over Koasicha.

“It’s a massive an opportunity,” said Selby, who tipped the scales at 8st 13lb 6oz, two ounces heavier than his opponent. “It’s a step closer to becoming a World champion, which is something I’ve dreamt of since I was a kid and when I started boxing. It’s definitely the biggest night of my career

“I’ve got the skill and the ability that you need to be a good boxer. I want it more than anyone else. I’m as hungry as they come and I can taste that World title glory.

“The carrot of fighting for the belt is extra motivation definitely. If I do get a chance to fight Gonzalez for his world title, I’d give it 110 per cent and I’d be ready. As long as I get the opportunity to fight for the belt then I’d be happy and it would be up to me to turn up and perform. I’d be happy to travel anywhere for the fight.

“I’ll fight whenever. I’m ready now. But I think the plan is to fight on this bill, have a final eliminator around September time and hopefully leave 2014 as the mandatory challenger.”

It’s a huge chance for 23 year old Koasicha to upset the applecart and land a title shot of his own. The Mexican fights outside his homeland for the first time in his career, but after regaining the WBC United States title in July and defending it in February, his confidence is high and Selby is expecting a tough night.

“I’ve checked him out on YouTube to see how he fights,” said Selby. “The problem is that the two clips I’ve watched, once he was fighting on the front foot and the other he was on the back so I’m not too sure what to expect from him on the night. I’ll just have to adapt when we get in there.

“He’s going to be a tough opponent. He punches hard as well with a decent knockout rate. He looks about my size which is impressive for a featherweight because I’m usually towering over my opponents at the weight.

“For him the travelling and a different climate could play a part. When I flew out to America recently for the sparring, it took my body a couple of days to adjust and get used to it.”

If Selby can get that World title shot, he’s certain to push for it to be here in Cardiff, where he’s beginning to become a big star. He is joined by two former World champions on the Cardiff bill in Nathan Cleverly and Gavin Rees, and Selby is soaking up every minute of the attention he’s receiving from fans and pundits.

“It’s great to see that my work being recognised,” said Selby. “I started off on the small shows and now people are recognising my work so it’s a great feeling. It’s an amazing feeling coming out to my ring walk music and hearing thousands of fans screaming my name. When I came out against Munroe, there were people there screaming my name, people I’ve never even met before but you could see the passion in their faces – there’s no better feeling.

“It’s amazing. Not just for myself, but for other Welsh boxers and the up and coming fighters. It’s amazing they get to showcase their talents on good cards and get shown on TV on Sky Sports, which is the best platform for boxing in the UK. I started off on the small shows for no or little money in little town leisure centres and now I’m selling out arenas and headlining events.”

Cleverly’s clash with Corbin is part of a huge line-up of action in Cardiff with Featherweight star Lee Selby tackling Mexican Romulo Koasicha in a WBC title eliminator.

Gavin Rees bows out of the pro game after a glittering career with a rematch of his Fight of the Year contender against Gary Buckland, Liverpool’s Super Middleweight star Callum Smith defends his WBC International Super Middleweight title against Swansea’s Tobias Webb, Dale Evans faces Mark Douglas, plus there’s action for Chris Jenkins, Mitch Buckland, Robbie Turley and Alex Hughes.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £30, £40 and £60 ringside available from www.livenation.co.uk or by calling 02920 22 44 88, and from Sanigar Events on 0117 949 6699.

Tags: Lee Selby image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dantheman1983 on 05-17-2014

If its not a 'final' eliminator then is there any need to give the fight a billing that actually means nothing?

Comment by Corelone on 05-17-2014

Travel now! Get some work in across the pond now, while expectations are still low. Get some experience and raise get some international exposure. Later, if he only fights in Cardif and, wins, any trip to America will have to…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Amir Khan Slams Terrorists For Bombing, Twisting Muslim Faith Anselmo Moreno: A Postscript or A New Chapter Video: George Groves Very Pumped To Defeat Fedor Chudinov Video: Tony Bellew Talks Deontay Wilder, Brook-Spence, More Kevin Rivers Jr. Decisions Pucheta in Top Spot of Golden Boy Card Jeff Horn Smiles: Pacquiao Looks Terrible in Camp? That's Great! Sugar Ray: Mayweather-McGregor Will Sell, Not a Fight For Purists 50 Cent, Wilder Unite To Send Message To Mayweather, Joshua Photos: Michael Conlan, Saucedo, Mean Machine - Chicago Presser Video: Errol Spence Ready For War With Kell Brook in Sheffield Kamegai Vows To Be Aggressive, Go Toe To Toe With Miguel Cotto Video: Hearn Talks Joshua-Klitschko Rematch, Brook-Spence Gervonta Davis Joins The Athlete Roster of Under Armour Gennady Golovkin Receives Highest Honor From The IBF Kell Brook: I Can't Wait To Drop These Brownies on Errol Spence! Bob Arum Comments on Zou Shiming Promotional Dispute Miguel Berchelt vs. Takashi Miura - Ticket Information Photos: Brook, Spence, Groves, Chudinov - Open Workouts Brandon Rios vs. Aaron Herrera in Lancaster - June 11 on FS1 Spence: I'm Not Worried About Crowd; Pressure All on Kell Brook Alexander Povetkin vs Andriy Rudenko Finalized For July 1 Tyson Fury Will NOT Receive License Until UKAD Case is Resolved Errol Spence: I Have To Prove What Mayweather Says is True McGuigan Tabs Groves as Best Super Middleweight in The World Head-to-Head With HBO, PBC on FS1 Peaked at 580K Viewers Cotto vs. Kamegai Set For August 26, With Golden Boy, on HBO Julius Indongo is Ready To Fight Terence Crawford, Broner Too Spence on Boxing Brook in Sheffield: What Real Fighters Do! Arum on Crawford Plans: Indongo Fight First, Then Pacquiao Froch: Groves Must Block Out Tragedy of Last Fight To Win Title Coldwell Fears Kell Brook Will Suffer Same Fate as Roy Jones Jr. Tyrone McKenna To Return On June 17 In Belfast Logan Yoon To Return on June 3 After Picking Up Second KO Win WBC May Order Interim-Title Fight Due To Keith Thurman's Injury Robert Stieglitz Retires From Boxing, Boesel Will Now Face Murat UFC's White Admits: Mayweather Could Be McGregor's Last Fight Sugar Ray: Brook-Spence Can Show What Boxing Used To Be Like DeMarcus Corley Gets Off The Floor To Decision Vivian Harris Michael Conlan: I Just Want To Be Great For My Country Danny Garcia Hungry To Regain Belts, Says Brook-Spence is 50-50
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement