Lee Selby successfully defended his IBF world featherweight title against Fernando Montiel via a unanimous points decision, in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday, but the Barry man wasn’t too pleased with his performance afterwards.
Selby was pushed hard by the quality Mexican who was looking to become a four weight world champion and Selby did well to take the win and was always one step ahead of his experienced challenger.
The judges scored the bout 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112 all to Selby.
Selby who suffered a cut above his right eye in the fight said in the post fight interview. “I am not happy, I can box a lot better.
“It was my first fight in America and I wanted to impress, but I did not perform as I thought I would.”
“It was hard to find my range and land cleanly on him due to his experience.
“I’ve got to take confidence from it. He’s a top fighter so I’ve gained a lot of experience and dug deep when I had to. I was not as impressive as I can be, but they got to see me and they will get familiar with my name. Next time I come out here I will put on a show for them.”
Selby is expected to defend his title in Wales early next year, possibly against Jonathan Barros or Eric Hunter, before a potential clash with British rival the European and Commonwealth featherweight champion Josh Warrington in Leeds in May or June 2016.
Selby vs Montiel Highlights