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Exclusive: ‘Major force’ Andrew Selby set for big announcement

Phil Jay 29/03/2016

Sophie Merlo

Jamie Sanigar has heaped high praise on flyweight contender Andrew Selby as an announcement on the Welshman’s next career move draws nearer.

Selby, 27, is four fights in to an already impressive pro career and was recently put forward by the British Boxing Board of Control to fight for the coveted Lonsdale Belt. The former WSB participant was due to box Charlie Edwards for the vacant UK title until the Londoner pulled out of negotiations to go an entirely different route.

That has left Selby in an awkward position and potentially without an opponent for the British championship match as manager Sanigar maps out alternative options for planned spring return.

“It’s my opinion that Andrew Selby is the best prospect in world boxing,” Sanigar told World Boxing News.

“It’s very frustrating because nobody will fight him in Britain. It’s no great secret how talented he is and naturally since he’s turned pro he’s been training alongside his brother (IBF featherweight title holder, Lee Selby) and training like a world champion.

“With that work ethic he’s got and now instilled with the talent, he’s a major force. It’s just disappointing as we want big fights, but we are now plotting his next move accordingly.

“We expect a big announcement this week. We want him to be out in April or May in a title fight and then again in the summer.”

Asked whether the European title could come to the fore sooner than expected on the back of Edwards’ decision not to pursue their fight, Sanigar added: “The mandatory has already been called for the European between Masson and Yanchy, plus it’s quite long time frames until the mandatory is called again and the next contender gets a chance.

“But our focus in on the British if we can get it,” he added.

Victory over Brett Fidoe earlier this month, in which Selby became the first man to stop the solid journeyman, has set the Barry ‘Superstar’ up for bigger fights to come in the coming weeks and months.

In regards to the domestic strap, only sixteen registered fighters, including Selby are available at this time, although the likes of Kevin Satchell and Iain Butcher are currently off the table for the ex-amateur standout.

Waleed Din, Louis Norman, Kyle Yousaf and whisper it quietly – Prince Patel, could all be considerations for Selby and his crack at ruling Britain, although whether any of those options would accept such a difficult challenge is up for debate.