Andrew Selby (9-0, 5 KOs) had to get off the floor to secure himself a crack at the WBC world flyweight championship by comfortably outpointing Nicaragua’s Cristofer Rosales in Cardiff.
Selby is now in line for a fight with world champion Daigo Higa (13-0, 13 KOs), who captured the title last weekend with a sixth round knockout of Juan Hernandez at Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan
St Joseph’s-trained Selby won the title eliminator unanimously (117-110, 117-110, 118-109) but he didn’t have things all his own way in this title eliminator at the Motorpoint Arena.
The Welshman suffered the first knockdown of his professional career in the opening round as Rosales (23-3, 15 KOs) came flying out of the blocks.
However, after riding the storm, Selby got back to doing what he does best, dazzling with a display full of his usual fast footwork and lightning quick hands.
For Rosales, it was his first career defeat in a thirteen fight win streak that stretches back to an eight round decision loss to current world champion Kal Yafai in 2015.
St Annes boxer Matty Askin is the new British cruiserweight champion, winning in devastating style He knocked out Craig Kennedy in round six at to lay claim to the Lonsdale Belt. The fight came to a dramatic ending when Askin, from St Annes but announced in the ring from Blackpool, unleashed a heavy handed right, which knocked Kennedy to the canvas in the sixth session.
Elsewhere on the Cyclone Promotions show there was a win on his pro debut for Selby’s St Joes stablemate Fred Evans.
The Olympic silver medallist from London 2012, who is campaigning at super-welterweight in the paid ranks, won every round against game Belgian Najim Fennane.
Ebbw Vale’s unbeaten bantamweight Ashley Brace recorded her seventh straight success, also winning all six rounds in her clash with Croatia’s Nevenka Mikulic.
And another member of the St Joes stable, Gavin Gwynne, took his unblemished record to 6-0 courtesy of a routine points defeat of journeyman Ibrar Riyaz.