Lee Selby dominated Rendall Munroe to claim the European featherweight title
By Adam Norman. Last Updated: 02/02/14 8:07am
Lee Selby added the European title to his British belt by stopping Rendall Munroe in the sixth round of their fight in Cardiff.
Selby flew out of the blocks and was all over his veteran opponent in the opener, throwing rapid combinations in addition to slick movement that left Munroe bewildered.
"I've had a nice rest. I boxed four times from February to October last year and trained right the way through. I've had that rest and I'm back to myself."
It was the same story in rounds two and three as the former binman walked forward into a hail of punches without being able to get more than the odd shot off here and there.
It was Munroe's first serious fight at featherweight and the size and range of Selby was causing him problems - the champion circling his prey and mixing his shots up stylishly.
The Leicester southpaw enjoyed rare success in the fourth round but it was still hard to see a way back for the 33-year-old, who temporarily retired after losing to Scott Quigg almost 18 months ago.
The fifth round was a frustrating one with the crowd expecting Selby to look for a finish, only to ease off and allow Munroe the opportunity to land combinations of his own.
Not that the Leicester man was in any way getting the better of things, and early in the next Selby landed the big shot the fans were looking for, a right hand that had his opponent off balance and backing onto the ropes.
In a neutral corner, Munroe covered up as Selby unleashed a huge volume of punches - some landing while others only found leather - but the Welshman did not relent and even beckoned the referee to stop the fight, Ian John-Lewis eventually doing just that even though Munroe was clearly not badly hurt.
The win for Selby means he could be only two or three fights away from a world title shot, while Munroe must go away and consider his future once again after a disappointing loss - his first in seven at European title level.
"Rendall Munroe is a quality fighter, he's only been beaten by two world champions and has beaten people who have gone on to win world titles," Selby told Sky Sports.
"I've had a nice rest. I boxed four times from February to October last year and trained right the way through. I've had that rest and I'm back to myself.
"There's no better fans than Welsh fans, everybody came up from my home town and around Wales to support me and I can't explain how good that feels."