Lee Selby caps 2017 with another title defence as more significant dates are lined up for next year

Lee Selby caps 2017 with another title defence as more significant dates are lined up for next year

Barry Town’s ‘Lightening’ Lee Selby (26-1, 9KO) has retained his world title for the fourth time.

The IBF champion collected a Unanimous Decision against Mexico’s previously unbeaten challenger Mexican Eduardo Ramirez (20-1-3, 7KO).

All three judges scored in favour of Selby by margins of 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112 in the co-main event on last night’s Frank Warren promotion.

The 12 round contest at London’s Copper Box Arena was a part of a BT Sport broadcast and Selby’s next appearance on the platform is expected to be confirmed very soon.

Leeds-based rival Josh Warrington (26-0, 9KO) was on ringside punditry duties for the television team and an interested observer. The featherweight has earned his place as mandatory challenger and will be Selby’s next opponent.

Selby will be happy to put 2017 behind him after suffering numerous personal and professional issues. Amidst a series of strange events in the sporting side of his life, Wales’ 12th world champion has also sadly lost two family members – his mother and grandfather.

This year has included Jonathan Victor Barros failing a medical at the last moment before their scheduled January meeting in Las Vegas, which was subsequently cancelled. Then, failed preliminary talks with Carl Frampton’s representatives in the summer frustrated many onlookers.

Ramirez almost provided another plot twist in the day’s leading up to last night’s fight. The 24-year-old missed the British Boxing Board of Control’s (BBBoC) check weigh-in, meaning he couldn’t take the title, and then went missing.

Thankfully, Ramirez showed up on fight night. The visitor attacked regularly but the inaccuracy of his high volume output was never enough to disrupt the smoother work of Selby, who again boxed within his limits to cruise to a relatively comfortable and clear win.

Elsewhere on the show, Aberdare’s Dorian Darch (12-6-1, 1KO) went out swinging but was stopped in four minutes by London’s Daniel Dubois (6-0, 6KO).

The 20-year-old has been earmarked as the next best thing in the heavyweight division and he looked the goods, breaking through Darch’s resistance to score three knockdowns before referee Bob Williams halted the action.

Newport’s Lee Churcher (13-4-1, 4KO) showed similar bravery before eventually wilting to Essex’s Joe Mullender (11-2, 5KO), losing via 11th round stoppage in their IBF European title fight.

The former Welsh middleweight champion, who is trained by Gavin Rees, began brightly but succumbed to Mullender’s pressure after a few punishing knockdowns.

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