Lee Selby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Lee Selby
Lee Selby 2015.png
Selby in 2015
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • The Barry Boy Assassin
  • Lightning
  • The Welsh Mayweather
Weight(s) Featherweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[1]
Reach 69 12 in (177 cm)[1]
Nationality Welsh
Born (1987-02-14) 14 February 1987 (age 31)
Barry, Wales
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 28
Wins 26
Wins by KO 9
Losses 2

Lee Selby (born 14 February 1987) is a Welsh professional boxer. He held the IBF featherweight title from 2015 to 2018,[2] and previously the European, Commonwealth and British featherweight titles between 2011 and 2014.[3][4][5] As of May 2018, Selby is ranked as the world's fourth best active featherweight by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, fifth by The Ring magazine, and sixth 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 (3-8) at the Newport Leisure Centre in Wales.[6] He compiled a record of 4-0 before losing for the first time in his professional career to Samir Mouneimne (1-0-1) by points decision in a four-round contest at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke on 29 May 2009. Selby won his next three fights before beating Dai Davies (6-13-1) for the Welsh Area title on 30 October 2010 claiming the belt with a second-round knockout. On 30 July 2011, he met Scotsman James Ancliff (11-14-2) for the vacant Celtic featherweight title and claimed the belt with a sixth-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 an eighth-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.[7] 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".[8]

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.[9] According to some prominent boxing writers, the British rising star passed the toughest test of his career[10] in a very close fight.[10][11]

IBF featherweight champion[edit]

Selby vs. Gradovich[edit]

In May 2015, Lee Selby won the IBF featherweight title from Evgeny Gradovich. The fight ended in a unanimous TD after Gradovich was cut from an accidental head clash, and was unable to continue.

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.

Selby vs. Barros[edit]

On July 2017, Lee made his next defence of his IBF featherweight crown. Just weeks before the fight, Selby received shocking news of his mother's sudden death in Wales, and his family urged him to pull out of the fight. Selby decided to continue training days later, and dedicate the fight to his mother.[12]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
28 fights 26 wins 2 losses
By knockout 9 0
By decision 17 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
28 Loss 26–2 United Kingdom Josh Warrington SD 12 19 May 2018 United Kingdom Elland Road, Leeds, England Lost IBF featherweight title
27 Win 26–1 Mexico Eduardo Ramirez UD 12 9 Dec 2017 United Kingdom Copper Box Arena, London, England Retained IBF featherweight title
26 Win 25–1 Argentina Jonathan Victor Barros UD 12 15 Jul 2017 United Kingdom The SSE Arena Wembley, London, England Retained 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 was 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 Liverpool 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 Liverpool 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b BT Sport tale of the tape prior to the Josh Warrington fight.
  2. ^ "BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2018-05-15. 
  3. ^ "BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2018-05-15. 
  4. ^ "BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2018-05-15. 
  5. ^ "BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2018-05-15. 
  6. ^ "BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2018-05-15. 
  7. ^ "Lee Selby stops Stephen Smith to claim titles". BBC sport. BBC. 18 September 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Barry and District News | Barry boxer Lee selby is new British and Commonwealth champion
  9. ^ "Lee Selby won the WBC International featherweight title in Hull". Sky Sports. 13 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Lee Selby – Rising Star passes Toughest Test". boxingnews24.com/. 14 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Selby decisions Simion, but struggles". boxingnews24.com/. 13 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "'Lee Selby faces "harsh truth" of mother's death after title defence". BBC Sport. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 

External links[edit]

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 – 19 May 2018
Next:
Josh Warrington
Honorary boxing titles
Previous:
John Simpson
Lonsdale Belt
featherweight champion

29 November 2014
Next:
Vacant