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Lee Selby edges closer to WBC title shot

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Welsh featherweight Lee Selby moved a step closer to a shot at the world title following an impressive victory against Romulo Koasicha in a WBC eliminator in Cardiff on Saturday.

The 27-year-old fighter was relatively untroubled throughout the contest and won by an overwhelming points decision, he admitted after that he was pleased with his display at the Motorpoint Arena.

"I thought it was a good display of boxing. He was a typical Mexican, kept coming forward pressuring me so I had to box on the back foot," Selby said on BBC Sport.

"I got cut so I didn't want to risk anything, so I kept it clean."

Selby demonstrated his superior boxing ability to keep his opponent at arm's length and, barring the one shaky moment when he suffered a cut above his right eye, the result never looked in doubt.

"I think I won every round... with my fitness and boxing ability I managed to out-box him," Selby added.

The Welshman started the fight aggressively and quickly assumed control from the early stages, using his supreme technical skills to evade his Mexican opponent's attempted onslaught.

Koasicha tried to dominate the centre of the ring but Selby was quick to come forward behind his punches and landed some neat combinations.

The Mexican landed a good combination of his own in the third round but it never caused any significant damage and Selby continued to beat his man to the punch, picking him off almost every time he ventured forward.

It was a near on perfect performance from Selby up until round seven when he was caught by a huge uppercut, and in round eight, perhaps due to a slight lack in concentration, he was caught by an explosive left-hook from Koasicha.

The European champion looked shaken for the first time in the bout, but clinched onto his opponent and managed to stay on his feet.

In the end it was only a minor setback and Selby recovered to seal the win, with the judges scoring the bout 119-109, 119-109 and 119-110 which reflected Selby's dominance.

The victory should provide a welcome boost to his hopes of a shot at the WBC world title holder Jhonny Gonzalez.

Although his manager, Chris Sanigar, also mentions another exciting potential match-up for his featherweight star - Abner Mares. He believes Selby is constantly improving and if he keeps up his training he will be ready to face anyone.

"We're hoping to get Lee into a final eliminator for the WBC title and that's what we're hoping for his next fight," Sanigar said.

"We want to see what Abner Mares does; we'd get more credit for beating somebody like Abner Mares than Jhonny Gonzalez.

"So we've just got to wait and see. Lee has just got to continue training, continue improving and then he'll be ready for anybody."

Selby's record now stands at 19 wins and one defeat, including seven knockouts. The Welsh brawler is a huge talent and after a short rest following his latest win he is expected to be back in action within the next five months, hopefully competing for the world title that he so desperately craves.

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