Lee Selby

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Lee Selby
Lee Selby 2015.png
Selby in 2015
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • The Barry Boy Assassin
  • Lightning
  • The Welsh Mayweather
Rated at Featherweight
Height 5 ft 8 12 in (174 cm)
Reach 69 in (175 cm)
Nationality Welsh
Born (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 30)
Barry, Wales
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 25
Wins 24
Wins by KO 9
Losses 1

Lee Selby (born 14 February 1987) is a Welsh professional boxer. He has held multiple titles at featherweight, where he is the current IBF champion, a title he won in 2015. Previously he held the British title from 2011 to 2014; the Commonwealth title from 2011 to 2013; and the European title in 2014.[1] As of May 2017, he is ranked as the world's third best featherweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, fourth by The Ring magazine, and fifth by BoxRec.

Professional boxing career[edit]

Early boxing career[edit]

Selby began his professional career on 12 July 2008 with a win over Sid Razak at the Newport Leisure Centre in Wales. He compiled a record of four straight wins before losing for the first time in his career to Samir Mouneimne at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke on 29 May 2009. Selby won his next three fights before beating Dai Davies for the Welsh Area title on 30 October 2010 claiming the belt with a 2nd-round knockout. On 30 July 2011 he met Scotsman James Ancliff for the Celtic featherweight title and claimed the belt with a 6th round stoppage.

British Champion[edit]

On 17 September 2011 Selby claimed the British and Commonwealth titles with a win over then champion Stephen Smith via 8th round stoppage at the Olympia in Liverpool. Despite being the underdog going into the fight Selby took control of the centre of the ring and caught Smith with a left hand in the 8th round, a punch from which Smith was unable to recover.[1] Selby said after the fight that the win "feels like I've won a world title" adding "It's something that I have been dreaming about since I was a kid. It's a big achievement and not a lot of people have done it".[2]

On 20 April 2013 Selby dismantled the former unbeaten Australian champion Corey McConnell. McConell's corner threw in the towel in the fifth round.

WBC International Championship[edit]

Selby vs. Simion[edit]

On 13 July 2013, Lee Selby took another step towards a world title shot when he faced in Hull the unbeaten Romanian boxer and ranked at fourth by the WBC, Viorel Simion, and won the WBC International featherweight title with a unanimous decision victory.[3] According to some prominent boxing writers, the British rising star passed the toughest test of his career[4] in a very close fight.[4][5]

Selby vs. Montiel[edit]

Selby retained his IBF featherweight title in October 2015 with a win over Mexican Fernando Montiel in Arizona. He dedicated the win to his childhood friend Darren Bray, who had recently died from attempting to eat a burger in one go.[6]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
25 fights 24 wins 1 loss
By knockout 9 0
By decision 15 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
26 N/A N/A Argentina Jonathan Victor Barros N/A – (12) 15 Jul 2017 United Kingdom The SSE Arena Wembley, London, England Defending IBF featherweight title
25 Win 24–1 Spain Andoni Gago TKO 9 (10), 0:41 4 Mar 2017 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
24 Win 23–1 United States Eric Hunter UD 12 9 Apr 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained IBF featherweight title
23 Win 22–1 Mexico Fernando Montiel UD 12 14 Oct 2015 United States Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona, US Retained IBF featherweight title
22 Win 21–1 Russia Evgeny Gradovich TD 8 (12), 1:00 30 May 2015 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won IBF featherweight title;
Unanimous TD after Gradovich sustained a cut from an accidental head clash
21 Win 20–1 Australia Joel Brunker TKO 9 (12), 2:49 11 Oct 2014 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
20 Win 19–1 Mexico Romulo Koasicha UD 12 17 May 2014 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales Retained WBC International featherweight title
19 Win 18–1 United Kingdom Rendall Munroe TKO 6 (12), 1:31 1 Feb 2014 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales Retained British featherweight title;
Won vacant European featherweight title
18 Win 17–1 United Kingdom Ryan Walsh UD 12 5 Oct 2013 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Retained British and Commonwealth featherweight titles
17 Win 16–1 Romania Viorel Simion UD 12 13 Jul 2013 United Kingdom Craven Park, Hull, England Won WBC International featherweight title
16 Win 15–1 Australia Corey McConnell TKO 5 (12), 1:16 20 Apr 2013 United Kingdom Winter Gardens, Blackpool, England Retained Commonwealth featherweight title
15 Win 14–1 United Kingdom Martin Lindsay UD 12 9 Feb 2013 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Retained British and Commonwealth featherweight titles
14 Win 13–1 Ghana Patrick Okine TKO 5 (12), 1:54 25 May 2012 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales Retained Commonwealth featherweight title
13 Win 12–1 United Kingdom John Simpson TKO 5 (12), 2:02 14 Dec 2011 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained British and Commonwealth featherweight titles
12 Win 11–1 United Kingdom Stephen Smith KO 8 (12), 2:04 17 Sep 2011 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, England Won British and Commonwealth featherweight titles
11 Win 10–1 United Kingdom James Ancliff TKO 6 (10), 2:12 30 Jul 2011 United Kingdom Pillgwenlly Millennium Centre, Newport, Wales Won vacant British Celtic featherweight title
10 Win 9–1 Syria Youssef Al Hamidi PTS 6 27 Apr 2011 United Kingdom Olympia, Liverpool, England
9 Win 8–1 United Kingdom Dai Davies KO 2 (10), 1:53 30 Oct 2010 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales Won vacant British Welsh Area featherweight title
8 Win 7–1 United Kingdom Ben Jones PTS 6 25 Jul 2010 United Kingdom Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, England
7 Win 6–1 United Kingdom Jimmy Briggs PTS 4 20 Nov 2009 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales
6 Win 5–1 United Kingdom Ian Bailey PTS 6 10 Aug 2009 United Kingdom Jumeirah Carlton Tower, London, England
5 Loss 4–1 United Kingdom Samir Mouneimne PTS 4 29 May 2009 United Kingdom Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, England
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom Johnny Greaves PTS 6 13 Mar 2009 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Craig Johnson PTS 4 27 Feb 2009 United Kingdom Metrodome, Barnsley, England
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Peter Buckley PTS 6 24 Oct 2008 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Sid Razak PTS 6 12 Jul 2008 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales Professional debut

Personal life[edit]

Selby is the brother of GB Boxing's 2012 Olympic flyweight representative Andrew Selby. Lee attended Barry Comprehensive School from 1998 to 2003.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Robbie Turley
British Welsh Area featherweight champion
30 October 2010 – July 2011
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Dai Davies
New title British Celtic featherweight champion
30 July 2011 – 17 September 2011
Won British title
Vacant
Title next held by
Kris Hughes
Preceded by
Stephen Smith
British featherweight champion
17 September 2011 – May 2014
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Josh Warrington
Commonwealth featherweight champion
17 September 2011 – November 2013
Vacated
Vacant
Title last held by
Alex Miskirtchian
European featherweight champion
1 February 2014 – May 2014
Vacated
Preceded by
Viorel Simion
WBC International featherweight champion
17 September 2011 – October 2014
Vacated
World boxing titles
Preceded by
Evgeny Gradovich
IBF featherweight champion
30 May 2015 – present
Incumbent
Honorary boxing titles
Previous:
John Simpson
Lonsdale Belt featherweight champion
29 November 2014
Next:
Vacant