Barry boxer Lee Selby retains British and Commonwealth Featherweight titles
3:14pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
BARRY boxer Lee Selby became the first Welshman in 18 years to win a Lonsdale Belt outright after he beat Ryan Walsh on points on the weekend.
British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Selby, who fought Cromer’s Walsh at London’s 02 Arena on Saturday night in a defence of both titles, won on points 118-112, 118-110 and 117-111 from the three judges.
Selby, who is now the first Welshman to win a Lonsdale Belt outright since Swansea's Floyd Havard in 1995, is now aiming to challenge for the European and then World titles in his weight division.
“I’m proud of what I have achieved and that I have created history as well,” he said.
“I’m going to keep hold of the belt as I don’t want to vacate it.”
Selby started slowly in the fight and had to overcome cuts above both eyes as he took a number of punches from Walsh.
Selby reasserted control as the fight progressed and went on to win on points after the fight went the full 12 rounds.
“I didn’t have a long enough time to warm-up when they called us out to fight,” he said.
“In the first round I was cold and was caught out. I think I lost the first round, but when I scored it myself afterwards I won nine rounds and lost three.”
Selby, who also holds the WBC International Featherweight belt, added: “It was a good learning fight and he was tougher than I expected, with a better defence too.
“He caught me twice in the head and cut me above the eyes, so I had blood running into my eyes and I couldn’t see for parts of it.”
Between rounds Lee had treatment to stop the bleeding above both eyes and the fight continued.
“I couldn’t see out of my eyes and was worried they might stop it,” he said.
Selby is now set to fight Leicester's Rendall Munroe for the vacant European featherweight title, provisionally pencilled in on the undercard of the Carl Froch and George Groves fight in Manchester in November, or a date in December.
“I need to rest more in between training compared to what I usually do,” he said.
“I have done four 12 round fights this year and it’s taken its toll. I’m going to have a few weeks off and hopefully be challenging for the European title in a few weeks.”
Selby, who has recently been sponsored by Penarth Stone Masonry, LDS Motor Factors and RIM Motors, added: “I have got to practice on my defence too as I got caught out a few times.”