1st May 2012

Lee Selby and Floyd Mayweather
Lee
Selby
has been boosted by training alongside the world’s best
pound-for-pound fighter Floyd Mayweather ahead of his Welsh
homecoming on Friday 25th May at the Newport Sports Centre.

The
Barry star has just finished a training stint at Mayweather’s Las
Vegas gym as he prepares for his Commonwealth Featherweight title
defence against Patrick Okine which is live and exclusive on
BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).

Selby
also saw first hand Mayweather’s preparations for his super-fight
against Miguel Cotto which takes place this Saturday (5th May) at the
MGM Grand in Las Vegas and is also live on BoxNation.

It
was a fantastic trip and well worth it to be in the same same gym as
the number one boxer in the world,” said the 25-year-old who
created a huge upset last September when he beat Stephen Smith.

I
worked a lot with Floyd’s uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather on the
pads and he showed me plenty of new things as well as getting plenty
of world class sparring with guys in the gym like unbeaten Australian
featherweight Joel Brunker who’s number three in the world,”

The
experience of being around the best fighters in the world has really
opened my eyes and given me the motivation to be the best that I can
be in my career,”

Before
I left I had my photo taken with Floyd and he wished me luck and said
he’d keep a look out for me on the internet to see how my career
goes and that I was welcome back to the gym anytime, which is real
nice,”

They
allowed us to stay and watch Floyd’s training for the Cotto fight
and it was awe-inspiring stuff,”

He’s
looking as sharp as a razor and is super fit, I saw him doing eight
minute rounds sparring with only a 15 second rest in between, he’s
unbelievable,”

Cotto’s
tough and is his best challenger so far, but Floyd’s just on a
different level to anyone and I can see him stopping Cotto late or on
points.”

He’ll
need all the benefits from training with Mayweather against the
dynamite punching Ghanaian Okine who has stopped nine out of his 11
winning victories early. Okine is currently on a KO run with his last
five fights all ending early.

Selby,
who also holds the British title which won’t be on the line, added,
“Obviously Okine’s a hard puncher, but this doesn’t bother me,
I’m in the business of facing hard punchers,”

“He’s
only got one loss on points to Emmanuel Tagoe who’s a good fighter
himself so it’s going to be a tough job for me, but no one is going
to upset my first fight in Wales for nearly a year,”

These
African’s are tough, hard, boys and I’ve sparred with plenty, but
this is the first in my career.  I can see myself winning by
late stoppage or points.”

Selby
v Okine for the Commonwealth Featherweight Championship headlines an
action packed card that also features some of Britain’s best
unbeaten prospects: Birmingham welterweight Frankie Gavin,
super-featherweight Craig Evans, light-welterweights Lewis Rees and
Francis Robinson and middleweight Liam Williams.

Tickets
priced at £40, £50 and £60 are available from the Frank Warren
Promotions Box Office on 01992 550 888, Newport Sports Centre Box
Office on 01633 656 757 or online at
www.frankwarren.tv
 

Selby
v Okine will be live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin
Ch. 546) on Friday 25th May.

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