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Lee Selby and Oleg Yefimovych put forward for vacant European title

Phil Jay 31/08/2013

British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Lee Selby is in line to fight dangerous Ukrainian Oleg Yefimovych for the vacant European strap after the EBU announced the two highly-ranked fighters as mandatory challengers.

The latest title holder Frenchman Sofiane Takoucht has decided to vacate the blue belt to concentrate on a possible IBF world title challenge, leaving Selby and Yefimovych to potentially fight it out if an agreement for the contest can be reached.

Selby, 26, has been in fine form of late in beating the likes of new super-featherweight Lonsdale Belt holder Stephen Smith and the talented Martin Linsday in the past couple of years and is tipped as a possible future world champion at 126lbs in some quarters.

Touted foe Yefimovych, who is six years Selby’s senior, has worked his way back to a shot with the EBU after ironically losing to former belt holder Takoucht in 2010 and recently scored a first round stoppage win over Luis Juarez in Donetsk.

Whilst Yefimovych is free to negotiate the deal, Selby is pencilled in to fight compatriot Ryan Walsh in the next defence of his two titles at the O2 Arena and will have to overcome the undefeated Cromer man in London to earn his shot.