Exclusive: Andrew Selby struggles to secure British title challenger
According to promoter and manager Jamie Sanigar, it is likely that flyweight Andrew Selby will be in a ten-round fight next and will not be defending his British belt.
Selby – having had a glittering amateur career – won the coveted Lonsdale belt in just his fifth fight as a professional, beating Louis Norman via a unanimous points decision last month in Cardiff.
The 27-year old of Barry, Wales, is already touted as a future world champion following a stellar amateur career.
Despite collecting the British belt, Sanigar confirms that it has not made it any easier to find Selby (5-0, 3KO) a willing challenger.
“Progress is going really well with Andrew and we have been pleasantly surprised by how well he has adapted to the pro game. After such a long amateur career, that transition can sometimes take time but he has already shown the quality he has at this level,” Sanigar exclusively told World Boxing News.
“He is an incredible talent and winning the British title in just seven months is a great achievement, it is an iconic belt that all boxers want to win.
“The key is to keep Andrew busy. It’s proved very difficult to get him a title defence and although we’ve made the calls, none of the British contenders out there fancy the challenge. They probably recognise that he will move on in time and are happy to wait for their chance.
“We’re not overly concerned about titles at this stage, it’s about finding the right opponent for Andrew’s career progression and someone who can give him the rounds and experience for what lies ahead.”
One domestic clash that stands out and was ordered by the BBBofC was with Charlie Edwards who also has a great amateur pedigree and turned professional at a similar time to Selby. Edwards eventually declined the fight but Sanigar thinks it could build to something much bigger down the line.
“It was a shame that the Edwards fight didn’t happen when ordered but I can understand both sides of the argument – we were up for that fight. Charlie is a great talent and if he and Andrew continue to progress then down the line that could be a huge domestic clash. They’re the fights that generate the most money so I’m sure it will happen.
“We are in a good place at the minute and the big fights are now there at these small weights. Andrew could box at bantamweight at any time as he has the height and stature for it and we can move fluctuate between the weights with ease.
“There is no particular strategy that we must do this in so many fights, we are taking it fight by fight and progressing all the time. It is most likely that a world title will come between ten and fifteen fights.”
Matt Horan is lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123