Barrry boxer Lee Selby trains with Freddie Roach in US for title fight
1:10pm Friday 8th February 2013 in Sport
BARRY boxer Lee Selby is aiming for another knockout success as he defends his British and Commonwealth titles this weekend.
Featherweight Lee is hoping to defeat Northern Ireland’s Martin Lindsay when they come toe-to-toe in the ring at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday.
The fight was originally scheduled for September last year, but 26-year-old Selby had to pull out on the eve of the fight due to illness.
In preparation for the fight Lee has spent time at both the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, where the likes of rapper 50 cent train, as well as Floyd Mayweather Junior’s gym in Las Vegas.
During his time in America he was given the chance to train with former world champion Steve Forbes, as well as receive expert advice from world-renowned trainer and former professional boxer Freddie Roach.
“Training has been going really well,” said Lee.
“It was frustrating having the original fight postponed as I had put all the hard work in and had to drop out after the weighin.”
He added that he had benefited by going to the world-renowned gyms in America and training, as well as sparring, with some of the leading figures in boxing.
“They are the best gyms in the world and I sparred with everyone there,” he said.
“There’s just a higher level of training and it’s great to watch the way the stars train.”
He added: “Before every fight from now on I’m going to try and go over there for training and to do some sparring.”
Lee, whose last defence of his commonwealth title was against Ghana’s Patrick Okine in May, was looking forward to facing Martin Lindsay.
“He’s a good all round fighter, but hopefully I’ll beat him on the night,” he said.
“I’m aiming for a knock out early on as I don’t get paid for over time!”
If all goes well Lee is planning on further defences of his titles.
“I want to have a voluntary defence of my British title, hopefully in Barry,”
Lee Selby will fight Martin Lindsay at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on February 9.
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