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Photos/Weights: Selby vs. Munroe, Rees vs. Buckland
By Jake Donovan
All fighters made weight for the loaded show Saturday evening in Cardiff, Wales.
Highlighting the show, Lee Selby and Rendall Munroe collide in a regional featherweight title fight. Both fighters were chiseled and camera ready, with Selby coming in at the divisional limit of 126 lb, while former super bantamweight title challenger Rendall Munroe was well within the limit at 124.3 lb.
Selby (17-1, 6KO) has won 13 straight since the lone loss of his career, which came in May '09. The Welshman enjoyed a solid 2013 campaign, going 4-0 on the year including three straight wins over unbeaten prospects—Corey McConnell, Viorel Simion and Ryan Walsh in his most recent outing last October.
Munroe (27-3-1, 11KO) has won three straight following his devastating 8th round stoppage loss to unbeaten Scott Quigg in their Nov. '12 title fight rematch.
The former full-time binman contemplated retirement after the loss, his third failed attempt at a major title including a cut-shortened technical draw with Quigg in their first meet six month prior and a stoppage loss to former 122 lb. king Toshiaki Nishioka in 2010. Instead, he returned in a steady 2013 bounce back campaign as the 33-year old southpaw eyes one more title run.
Also on the show, former 140 lb. titlist Gavin Rees faces Gary Buckland in a scheduled 12-round regional title eliminator. Both fighters came in at 134.9 lb, just under the lightweight limit.
All weight results were obtained via video footage provided by IFL TV .
Rees (37-3-1, 18KO) has lost two straight, and enters Saturday in what promoter Eddie Hearn has openly described as a must-win situation. The squat Welshman was noble but overwhelmed in last year's knockout loss to Adrien Broner in the United States. However, a points loss to divisional gatekeeper Anthony Crolla last November raised a red flag that perhaps the 33-year old is steering towards the wrong side of his prime.
Buckland (27-3-2, 9KO) hasn't fought since last August, a knockout loss to Stephen Smith. His last win came in Nov. '12, part of an impressive nine-fight unbeaten streak which included a pair of wins over former standout prospect Gary Sykes.
The show will air live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
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