Lee Selby moving up to super-featherweight, announces plans to become two-weight world champ

Lee Selby will not chase a rematch with Josh Warrington after admitting making the 126 pound limit is just not feasible for him anymore.

The talented Welshman was roughed up and defeated by a hungry Warrington at Elland Road in Leeds and says boiling down to featherweight left him below 100 percent for the contest.

Selby will now move up the necessary four pounds to the super-featherweight division in search of another world title to add to his list of achievements.

“I would like to thank everyone for all their support this week,” said Selby.

“I was Britain’s longest reigning World Champion, but it came at a price and I felt that in the ring last night.

“I’ve been making the featherweight limit for ten years but it was just one fight too many at that weight and my performance badly reflected that.

“Congratulations to Josh Warrington and I wish him the best in the future.

I will enjoy the summer with my family and then sit down with my team to plan the exciting new challenge of becoming a two-weight world champion,” he added.

One possible opponent at the new weight could be Stephen Smith, who himself is looking for a return to action following defeat in a high-profile match-up.

‘Swifty’ almost had an ear ripped off in a Las Vegas collision with Francisco Vargas last year and needs a big domestic battle once he shakes off the ring rust.

As Smith suffered a sickening eighth round knockout at the hands of Selby in 2011, a return at 130 pounds could appeal, with the winner then going on to a world title shot at super-featherweight.