Welshman Lee Selby delighted his home crowd in Cardiff by stopping former world title challenger Rendall Munroe in six rounds to defend his British title and claim the vacant European belt at the Motorpoint Arena.
The 27 year-old looked huge in the ring compared to Munroe, who is predominantly a super-bantamweight, and took almost every round on his way to seventh career knockout. Ian John-Lewis stepped in towards the end of the sixth round after Selby pinned Munroe in the corner and fired off at will.
Munroe debated the referee’s actions as he was completely fine at the time, although the Leicester man wasn’t throwing too many punches back and that prompted the experienced John-Lewis to respond.
The triumphant Selby is gathering himself a reputation as one of Britain’s next world champions with some stellar performances of late and has now edged closer to fulfilling the prophecy by adding the EBU title to his Lonsdale Belt.
The featherweight division worldwide is packed with star fighters right now as Nonito Donaire, Jhonny Gonzalea, Orlando Salido, Abner Mares and Daniel Ponce De Leon all compete at 126, although adding Selby’s name to that company is still a way off.
Selby’s victory means a fourth career defeat for Munroe, 33, who will have to sit down and contemplate what’s next after moving up in weight on the back of his similar loss to Scott Quigg in November 2012.
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