The Welsh Mayweather produces a master class to become World Champion

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Lee Selby lived up to his nickname of the Welsh Mayweather by producing a scintillating performance at the 02 last Saturday to pick up the IBF Featherweight world title as part of the massive Rule Britannia card. 

The Fight

The performer of the night was without question the Barry Island man who admitted post fight he was only in second gear during his shut out master class over former champion Evgeny Gradovich.

The Welshman became the 12th world champion from his nation and the first from his home town of Barry Island and at only 28 years of age there is much more to come from the new IBF belt holder.

Lee Selby looked superb against Gradovich, being able to hit and move whilst reading the Russian's timing - Selby dodged punches effortlessly making the former champion look ordinary.

Evgeny Gradovich definitely came to fight with his come forward style trying to close and pressure the challenger but Selby was just too quick and accurate catching the champion frequently and looking unharmed.

There was show boating from the challenger, too, when he was able to make Gradovich miss and the Welshman boxed brilliantly showing his strength where he pushed the champion on the back-foot instead of letting Gradovich close in. The movement and footwork from Selby was also exceptional.

Questions were definitely answered emphatically that the former British champion is the real deal.

The bout was stopped at the end of the eighth after Gradovich suffered a bad cut which doctors called a stop too, the scorecards all read as a unanimous decision for the new IBF champion Lee Selby.

What Next for Selby?

The champion has come through the traditional way claiming the Welsh, Celtic, Commonwealth, British and European Featherweight titles before claiming two WBC international belts and then winning the inaugural world title.

Now as he sits at the top of the pile alongside other world rulers the Welsh Mayweather can expect the possibility of unification fights in the near future. The featherweight division is packed full of world class talent.

The WBO champion Vasyl Lomachenko is arguably the greatest amateur boxer in the history of the sport compiling an incredible record of 396-1 and in only his third professional fight became world champion.

With the credentials the Ukrainian has it is hard to look past him as being the number one featherweight in the world, but his inexperience at pro level has cost him as he was out-bullied and outworked losing to Orlando Salido in his second fight.

The undefeated WBA super champion Nicholas Walters is one of the hardest hitters in boxing, being the only boxer to stop Nonito Donaire, the Jamaican is fighting next week putting his title on the line against fellow banger Miguel Marriaga.

The axe man is a fan favourite and is on a five fight knock-out streak.

The WBC champion Gary Russell Jr has been regarded as having the fastest hands in boxing, his recent knock-out win over Jhonny Gonzales was sensational as the American dropped the former champion three times before winning the world crown, the only sole defeat coming to Lomachenko. Now the 27-year-old has the green and gold belt, he wont be giving it up any time soon.      

There is a possible domestic class with Josh Warrington that could be in the script, especially as Warrington has a massive fan base in Leeds and has picked up every belt Selby has vacated.

The boxing world now know for sure after the ease in which the Barry Island man beat the former undefeated seasoned champion in Evgeny Gradovich that there is more big nights ahead for the Welsh Mayweather, and maybe next time we might just see him in third gear.        

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