All of my hard work is paying off., says Lee Selby
5:01pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
BRITISH and Commonwealth featherweight champion Lee Selby attempts to wins the Lonsdale belt outright against Ryan Walsh at The O2 on Saturday and he believes his experience will be too much for the unbeaten Cromer fighter.
Selby’s last action saw him put in a mature display to take Viorel Simion’s WBC International title in Hull in July, a fight that Selby feels was an examination of his top-level credentials, and one that he passed.
“He was my toughest opponent yet,” said the 26-year-old, who trains with Tony Borg at the St Joseph’s gym in Newport.
“It was non-stop pressure and he took some good shots and kept coming. They were close rounds but I was just edging most of them.
“I wasn’t too pleased with the performance but I got the job done,” he added.
“It was an important fight and I wasn’t going to take too many risks, I just wanted to get the job done.
“I don’t think I boxed to my best ability on the night, I just did enough to win. I didn’t take any risks like I usually do.
“There were reasons I wasn’t at my best but I don’t make excuses, it is what it is and it is done now. I had my own problems but I won’t make any excuses.”
Although Selby didn’t blow Simion away like previous opponents, he garnered praise for his mature performance and that acclaim has only further boosted his belief that a world title is within touching distance.
“I have been very pleased with what people have been saying about me,” said Selby. “Since I joined Matchroom Sport and have been on Sky Sports more people are getting to see me and they are getting to see the hard work I have been doing in the gym get put into practice. I am very pleased with how this year has been.
“It is a very exciting time. All of my hard work is paying off. I have had three 12 round fights, Saturday will be my fourth and I will hopefully get another one in before the end of the year.
“That would be five 12-round title fights in 2013 and I would be very pleased with that.”
Selby’s clash with Walsh is part of a great night of action at The O2 as Olympic gold medal hero Anthony Joshua makes his pro debut and Scott Quigg takes on Yoandris Salinas for the WBA World Super Bantamweight title.
British lightweight world title contender Kevin Mitchell also faces Marco Lopez for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental lightweight title and Joshua’s fellow gold medal teammate Luke Campbell boxes for the second time as a pro against Neil Hepper.
Tickets for the show, which is also live on Sky Sports, are on sale now on 08448 24 48 24 and The O2’s ticketing agent – www.AXS.com.
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