Lee Selby hopes to sign off from the British scene in style

Last Updated: 05/10/13 4:36pm

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Lee Selby: Targeting European and World titles

Lee Selby: Targeting European and World titles

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Lee Selby will target European and World titles if he wins the British featherweight belt outright against Ryan Walsh on Saturday.

The Welshman puts his British and Commonwealth belts on the line against Walsh on the undercard of Scott Quigg's world title clash at the 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports.

Selby has already beaten the likes of Stephen Smith, John Simpson and Martin Lindsay in recent years and plans to push himself beyond the domestic scene.

"This will most probably be my last domestic test," said Selby. "I will have won the Lonsdale belt outright when I win this fight and now it is time to look towards European and World level.

"It is a natural progression once you have won the Lonsdale belt outright. There isn't much point continuing to fight for it when you can move on to the European stage. I am the mandatory challenger for the European belt so I want to win that next."

"I would say after this fight I would want another good three fights against good opposition, and then I think I will be ready for the world title."
Lee Selby

Selby could not display his flashy skills against Viorel Simion in his last fight as the tough Romanian forced him to produce a workmanlike points win.


The Barry fighter admits he was far from his best, but remains confident he can defeat the big names in the division.

"I wasn't too pleased with the performance but I got the job done," said Selby. "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.

"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.

"With Matchroom Sport promoting me I think Eddie Hearn would be able to get me a World title shot pretty soon. But I don't want to just fight for a world title and put on a good performance; I want to be able to win the belt and defend it for a long time.

"I would say after this fight I would want another good three fights against good opposition, and then I think I will be ready for the world title.

"I would fight any of the world champions. I think the easiest at the minute would be the IBF champion, Evgeny Gradovich. When I say the easiest, he is a world champion so he is a very good fighter but he would suit my style the best but I would be happy to fight any of the world champions."

Quigg will battle Cuban Yoandris Salinas for the WBA super-bantamweight title this weekend.

Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE makes his pro debut in the capital, while Kevin Mitchell's lightweight clash with tough Mexican Marco Lopez is also on the undercard.

Another Gold medal winner Luke Campbell boxes for the second time as a pro against Neil Hepper and Prizefighter champion Wadi Camacho faces fellow big puncher Tony Conquest at cruiserweight.

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