Saturday Fight Night preview

Last Updated: 01/02/14 2:31pm

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Sky Sports' Fight Night returns on Saturday for the first time this year with a cracking show from the Cardiff International Arena.

The show will be a sell-out come fight night, as big time boxing returns to the Welsh capital with popular locals Lee Selby and Gavin Rees providing the main attraction.

We take you through the card in our Friday preview...

Lee Selby v Rendall Munroe

A crossroads fight for both fighters, with one on the verge of breaking onto the international scene and the other a guy who has already been there, worn the sweat-soaked t-shirt.

For Barry's Selby, this represents the toughest test of his 18-fight career. The 26-year-old has cleared out the domestic division over the course of the past 18 months, claiming the Lonsdale Belt for keeps.

The strap, along with the vacant European title, is on the line once again despite the champion already beating Stephen Smith, Martin Lindsay, John Simpson and Ryan Walsh.

Munroe, by contrast, is looking to resurrect his career with a massive win that could launch him on course for a second world title challenge.

The former binman is undefeated in six European title fights after seizing his opportunity against Spain's Kiko Martinez in 2008 when he was only the English champion.

That run took him to a shot at WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka, only for the Leicester man to fall short.

Avoided by all-comers in the aftermath, Munroe lacked incentive when losing to Scott Quigg and subsequently retired. Yet, at 33 the hunger is back and he believes he can return to his former glories.

Selby enters the ring as a red-hot favourite but the odds do little justice to southpaw Munroe, whose fitness levels are legendary and will be looking to apply constant pressure to the taller man.

The younger Selby could require a career-best performance to overcome the veteran, but victory would put him firmly on course for a world title shot later this year.

Gavin Rees v Gary Buckland

A fight that neither Welshman can afford to lose. Buckland enters the ring on the back of a devastating knockout loss to Stephen Smith while Rees suffered back-to-back defeats in 2013, albeit at a higher level - to WBC champion Adrien Broner and Manchester's Anthony Crolla.

Weight is likely to be a huge factor heading into this British title eliminator. Buckland started out as a lightweight but a loss to John Murray saw him drop down to super-feather where he won Prizefighter and then the British title.

This is his first fight back at 9st 9lb and it will interesting to see if the 27-year-old has grown into the higher division.

Rees, diminutive for the weight, has often struggled to boil down and those issues have undermined his career somewhat.

However, this is his last throw of the dice and with a nutritionist on board for the first time, the 33-year-old claims to be in better shape than ever.

A whole host of opportunities in a hot division lie in store for the winner, while defeat will be devastating for the loser.

Anthony Joshua v Dorian Darch

Britain's Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist has made a huge impression on fans and critics following his decision to turn pro last year.

The fourth fight in his professional education sees Joshua come up against a man with a winning record in Welshman Dorian Darch (7-2), who could at least give him some of the rounds he needs.Darch has only been stopped once and most recently took the promising Hughie Fury the distance, although it will be surprising if he can see out the full six rounds on Saturday night.

It is a fight that was postponed from November, when Joshua reportedly suffered a minor arm/shoulder injury.


London's Erick Ochieng starts the rebuilding process down at welterweight against Dale Evans after losing his British title challenge to Liam Smith last year.

Evans became known to Sky Sports viewers when reaching the final of Prizefighter a year ago, when he lost to Glenn Foot. He has fought only once since but at 22 could have a decent future in the sport.

Chris Jenkins, who went one better than Evans to lift the Prizefighter trophy in 2013, takes on Frenchman Christopher Sebire for the WBC international light-welterweight title.

Former European champion Jason Cook will take on fellow Welshman Tony Pace in a fight that will be Cook's last before he retires at the age of 38.

The Welsh Area light-welterweight title will not, however, be on the line as Cook has admitted defeat in his battle with the scales.

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