Lee Selby takes a step up in class when he fights Viorel Simion on Saturday
Last Updated: 13/07/13 9:30pm
Lee Selby in action against Corey McConnell last time out (Pic Lawrence Lustig)
Lee Selby believes victory over Viorel Simion in Hull on Saturday night will prove he can mix it with the best featherweights in the world.
Selby has been in sparkling form this year, starting with his win over Martin Lindsay in Belfast in February before despatching rugged Australian Corey McConnell inside five rounds in Blackpool in May.
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The Welshman's promoter Eddie Hearn believes Selby is destined to become a world champion, and the 26-year-old says he has to prove that he is ready to move up to challenge the best in the division.
"This is a big step up in class from all my previous opponents, so we will see how good I really am," said Selby, who challenges for the WBC International title on the big Hull show.
"Simion is number four in the WBC so this is a real-life world class opponent I will be facing. He is no pushover and he will be coming to win. He has defended his title twice and he will be trying to defend it again on Saturday.
"I don't like to watch too much of my opponents before the fight but I like to have a look once to see their style. He is a come-forward pressure fighter who doesn't take a backwards step.
"My trainer has been watching him, I only like to take one look, he works out the plan and I just put them into shape; he watches the fighters, makes up a plan and I try and carry it out.
"I think it will be a great fight and I think it will go the distance because he is number four with the WBC, he is experienced and he has a good defence, so I think it will be a 12-round fight but it will be all action.
"If I catch him and hurt him I will take him out but he is a tough, durable opponent. I am confident going into every fight and I think I will beat any featherweight.
"If I beat him, it should push me high up in the WBC ratings and the WBC is the highest regarded belt in boxing, so that is what I am aiming for."