Lee Selby put on another assured display on Saturday night stopping unbeaten Australian Joel Brunker in the 9th round to earn a crack at the IBF world featherweight title.
The Barry featherweight is a British, European and Commonwealth title holder and also the current WBC International champion, he now stands on the cusp of ruling the world. At London’s O2 Arena against the outclassed Brunker, Selby secured his world title shot in style, dominating the Aussie before administering the clinical finish.
Selby,27, will now wait patiently to find out who he will be taking on for the belt. Unbeaten American based Russian Evgeny Gradovich is the current IBF champion but he first must defend it against big hitting Puerto Rican Jayson Velez on November 29th and Selby will take on the winner next year. A mouth watering prospect for British fight fans!
Bunker was expected to give Selby the toughest fight of his career so far and really test his world title credentials. This was Bunker’s big chance too but Selby never let his opponent have a sniff and after an early feeling out session he went to work on dismantling the man from down under.
Selby had vacated his European title prior to this fight to clear his path to a world title shot and wasn’t in any mood to slip up at has he enters the final furlong to the promised land of world glory. Selby toyed with Bunker, always on the offensive his speed, movement and more natural boxing skills were evident immediatly from Selby.
A nice straight right hand and then an uppercut in the 5th round shook Brunker and has the fight went on he began to pick up damage to his right eye, such were the accuracy of Selby’s shots.
Selby and Brunker had previously sparred together at Floyd Mayweather’s Las Vegas gym two years ago, so knew a little about each other and although Brunker tried to get himself back into the fight in the middle rounds Selby was soon in the assendancy again.
A hurtfull body shot from Selby in the 9th set up the finish and when Selby realised his man was hurt, pounced on him opening up with a decisive combination of leather that forced referee Marcus McDonnell to step in and end the fight at 2:49 of the round.
“I’ve been guilty of coasting through my fights because I’ve been finding it so easy,” Selby told Sky Sports after the fight.
“But this was a final eliminator. I had to prove I was ready to fight for a world title.
“There’s still a very, very lot more to come.
“As soon as I can bring my sparring skills in the gym into the ring you will see a true champion, who can mix it with anyone.”
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