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Article: Lee Selby wants to join Joe Calzaghe as a Welsh boxing great

  1. Lee Selby wants to join Joe Calzaghe as a Welsh boxing great

    9 Comments by Boxing Asylum Published on 01-31-2014 10:41 PM
    Lee Selby wants to join Joe Calzaghe as a Welsh boxing great – and says that journey begins on Saturday with European Featherweight title glory against Rendall Munroe at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, live on Sky Sports.

    The Barry stylist has been on a fantastic run of fights, seeing of seven top class fighters on his way to his clash with Munroe. The former World title challenger from Leicester is confident of becoming a two-weight European champ and taking Selby’s British title in with the bargain, but his host expects to shine on his first ever pro outing in Cardiff and wants to emulate the great World champions of Wales like Calzaghe.

    “The show has sold really well and a great win means I will headline here again and again,” said Selby, who tipped the scales at 8st 13lbs 8oz, with Munroe weighing 8st 12lbs 5oz. “It would be nice to have the recognition of Steve Robinson, Robbie Regan and Joe Calzaghe who all fought a lot in Wales and did amazing things for the sport and the country. This is big-time boxing and this is what Wales needs.

    “Being on top of a Sky Sports show is something you dream of as a kid. I don't feel the pressure so it'll be nice to have the fans behind me. It will be nice to be cheered into the ring instead of booed. It will be nice to be built up in front of my home crowd and build up a good following in Wales.

    “Rendall was a great fighter. I remember boxing on the undercard of him and Kiko Martinez (February 2009). I watched the fight and I thought it was brilliant. But he has been at his best and I think it is my time now to take over.

    “Rendall travelled to Japan and came up short in a World title fight against a great fighter and got stopped by Scott Quigg, who is another great fighter, so he knows how to mix it at the top, but I've been working on things in the gym to get him out of there. I think it'll be a very competitive fight early on but my class will show in the later rounds.

    “He is fighting at a higher weight now and I am a massive Featherweight; I am big and strong so I can’t see him being as strong as me. Back in the day he was hungry but I don’t know if he still has the hunger and the desire – he has already retired once and come back. Let’s see how much he wants it.

    “I am at the top of my game at the moment. I will be too much for him. He last two fights are against an eight-fight novice and the other had won three fights out of 60, and then he is going to jump in the ring with me? That is a different fight altogether.

    “I had a tough 2013. I had four twelve round fights and I think it took its toll. It wasn’t the fights, it was the camps. My sparring partners are tougher than my fights because they are all heavier. But I have had a nice rest, regrouped and I am ready to do the business.

    “I’ve been on the road most of my career. Even when I started off I was going away as the opponent against the home fighter. I either like to be hated or have all the fans on my side, either way I perform to my best.

    “I want to fight for a World title, that's every boxer's aim but I really believe I'm closing in on that now. I think I would hold my own against any Featherweight out there right now, but I don't want to just challenge for a World title I want to win it and keep hold of it. So I want to be ready to do just that, reach the top and stay there.”

    Selby’s clash with Munroe tops a brilliant night of action in Cardiff, with a tasty all-Welsh British Lightweight title eliminator between Gavin Rees and Gary Buckland one of many highlights.

    Olympic Gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE fights for the fourth time in the paid ranks against Aberdare’s Dorian Darch while Jason Cook meets Tony Pace for the Celtic Welterweight title.

    Prizefighter Light Welterweight champion Chris Jenkins is in action as is former European Middleweight champion Kerry Hope, and Islington’s former British Light Middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng faces a tough test in his first fight down at Welterweight against Dale Evans.

    Swansea’s talented Super Middleweight Tobias Webb tackles Nathan King in a six-round contest, with Bristol’s unbeaten Welterweight Tamuka Mucha in his seventh pro fight.

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    There is a possibility he can become that great but he gotta work hard. He has all the tools.

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    Lee is confident going in to the fight and believes he will be comfortable in victory....im just not sure how he progresses beyond Euro level, when at this point I dont see anything in him that makes me believe he has the capacity to push himself on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mofo2 View Post
    Lee is confident going in to the fight and believes he will be comfortable in victory....im just not sure how he progresses beyond Euro level, when at this point I dont see anything in him that makes me believe he has the capacity to push himself on!
    I agree, I think there's been a bit too much hype on him and don't think he's as good as he or some fans think. He should beat shot Rendall but I don't see him doing well as he steps up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elephant Man View Post
    I agree, I think there's been a bit too much hype on him and don't think he's as good as he or some fans think. He should beat shot Rendall but I don't see him doing well as he steps up.

    Seems the majority are thinking this way, it really is a case of Sky hype with this one. When he beats Munroe with the ease I am expecting the commentary and "pundits" ( ) will be unbearable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elephant Man View Post
    I agree, I think there's been a bit too much hype on him and don't think he's as good as he or some fans think. He should beat shot Rendall but I don't see him doing well as he steps up.
    Exactly...its so premature to even mention Calzaghe in the same sentence as Selby that maybe he needs to set himself lower targets and then re-evaluate where his career is at in another 12 months or so, because by that time he should have had at least another fight or two beyond the level he is used to performing at!!

    Good lad and good fighter though, so I hope he can push on!

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    man has ambition gotta give him that but he ought to focus on getting past the european level first by winning the EBU Title but even if he does some how win a world championship doubt he will be as remembered as joe calzaghe tbh..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mofo2 View Post
    Lee is confident going in to the fight and believes he will be comfortable in victory....im just not sure how he progresses beyond Euro level, when at this point I dont see anything in him that makes me believe he has the capacity to push himself on!
    Quote Originally Posted by Elephant Man View Post
    I agree, I think there's been a bit too much hype on him and don't think he's as good as he or some fans think. He should beat shot Rendall but I don't see him doing well as he steps up.
    I think you are judging him too much by that last fight. Thats not representative of a fighter, one fight. I think he can do better, but I'm not totally sure.

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    What's wrong with simply being the next Nicky Piper? #worldsmostconvincinglesbo

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