Lee Selby makes his American debut on Wednesday, as the Welshman defends his IBF featherweight title against Fernando Montiel in Glendale, Arizona. The Barry Boy Assassin (21-1, 8 KOs), who claimed the belt with an impressive win over Evgeny Gradovich in May, faces the experienced Montiel (54-4-2, 39 KOs) at the Gila River Arena.
The Welshman is unbeaten since 2009 and victory over the vastly-experienced Montiel (54-4-2, KO39) could mean a meeting with exciting Mexican Leo Santa Cruz, a fight that would almost certainly see Selby topping the bill outright.
In Round Nine, Selby now taking control, and there are distress signs from Montiel. The Mexican is breathing with his mouth wide open and now, when under pressure, is retreating backwards and just holding up his hands. The willingness to trade may well be seeping out of his 36-year-old body. There’s a nasty clash of heads in the round, which both men felt. Selby up six rounds to three.