News Notes: Lee and Andrew Selby, Cyclone Promotions and Sanigar Events undercards take shape, Zack Davies, Jay Harris, Alex Hughes, Joe Cordina and much more
Barry Town’s ‘Lightening’ Lee Selby (24-1, 8KO) will end his 11 month period of inactivity and finally get to fight on Saturday 4 March, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The 30-year-old will face Spain’s Andoni Gago (16-2-2, 5KO) in a 10 round contest at a catchweight of 129lbs – three pounds above the featherweight limit.
Selby’s IBF world featherweight title will not be on the line at the O2 Arena in London. It comes as a request of the governing body, who are still working out the complex case of Jonathan Victor Barros.
On 27 January, the Argentinian was refused a license by the Nevada State Athletic Commission on medical grounds – and Selby found out just moments before he was due to weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Barros has contested the results and hopes to retain his status as mandatory challenger.
The hastily rearranged appearance was made possible through a link between Al Haymon, who has advised Selby since August 2015, and Richard Shaefer, who has recently linked up with the show’s main attraction, David Haye.
Haye takes on Liverpool’s loud Tony Bellew and the event is a co-promotion with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport. It’s no secret that the Essex outfit have a strained relationship with Selby and they’re expected to go their separate ways when their mutual contract expires after the Welshman’s next fight.
Meanwhile, it’s been officially announced that sibling Andrew Selby (8-0, 5KO) is part of Cyclone Promotions’ next visit to Cardiff.
Jamie Sanigar, who manages both Selby brothers, has said that the opponent will be ranked in the world’s top 15 contenders at flyweight. Selby, a 2012 Olympian, is likely to defend one of his WBC International or IBF Inter-Continental belts.
The event at the Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 11 March will be shown between Spike TV and their sister terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5.
Odds have emerged for the show’s headliner and hometown hero Craig ‘The Kid’ Kennedy (16-0, 8KO) has been placed as a slight betting underdog. The cruiserweight is priced at 6/5, while Blackpool’s visiting Matty Askin (21-3-1, 13KO) is at a comparative 4/6.
Elsewhere on the undercard, Aberdare’s heavyweight Dorian Darch (12-4, 1KO) has another tough test against Surrey’s Nick Webb (10-0, 9KO). The visitor has only been extended to the final bell once – by Cefn Hengoed’s Hari Miles – and his latest outing is scheduled for eight rounds.
Ashley ‘The Storm’ Brace (5-0, 2KO), Wales’ only professional female boxer, will make her maiden appearance in the capital. An opponent has now been confirmed for the Ebbw Vale bantamweight, who is up against Alexandra Vlajk (10-5, 2KO). The Bulgarian has three times the experience of Brace and has only ever been stopped once. It’s another scheduled eight rounder and a step up in terms of distance for Brace. The Tony Borg trained talent has been as far as six rounds in the past and will prepare at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport.
Last weekend, Pontyberem’s Zack Davies (7-1, 2KO) demonstrated the benefits of a full time camp, having gone part-time in his day job as an education worker with autistic children to concentrate on training. The lightweight, who is trained by Gary Lockett and managed by Mo Prior, scored a nasty second round stoppage of Ismail Anwar (6-11, 1KO) at East London’s iconic York Hall on a Mickey Helliet promotion.
Stablemate Jay Harris (9-0, 6KO) will grace the same ring on Friday on a run of six straight stoppage wins. The Swansea native will challenge reigning Commonwealth flyweight champion Thomas Essomba (7-2, 2KO), who represented Ghana at the 2012 Olympics. The 26-year-old forklift driver aims to win a domestic title and follow in the footsteps of his father, Peter Harris, who won Welsh and British titles in the 1980s.
Harris will be topping a Frank Warren show for the first time and it will be the debut live broadcast of BoxNation to BT Sport subscribers. The link up has seen the specialist outlet boosted by inclusion in the sports package of a major network with a very expansive reach.
Following last week’s BoxingWales.com exclusive news that Alex Hughes (9-0, 3KO) will fight on Frank Warren’s 22 April show at the Leicester Arena, there’s now more detail. The Maerdy based maverick will return eight pounds lighter at middleweight and face Hungary’s Zoltan Sera (27-11, 18KO) in an eight round contest.
Back at York Hall, Merthyr Tydfil’s Dai ‘Dutters’ Davies (14-24-2, 2KO) has an opportunity to secure his career goal on Friday 17 March. The three time Welsh Area champion has always dreamed of a British title shot and he will lock horns with Watford’s featherweight Reece Bellotti (8-0, 7KO) in an eliminator. The 10 rounder will be promoted by Matchroom Sport and streamed live on Sky Sport’s Facebook page in an ambitious effort to extend their reach to the modern internet audience.
2016 Olympian Joe ‘The Welsh Wizard’ Cordina, who is the latest addition to Matchroom’s roster, is likely to make his professional debut at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 29 April. The super-featherweight will appear on the sold-out undercard of Anthony Joshua‘s IBF and WBA heavyweight title fight against former lineal ruler Wladimir Klitschko.
Cardiff’s Henry Janes (9-20, 1KO), who has won back-to-back fights, faces Lewis Ritson (12-0, 6KO) over four rounds on Saturday 4 March. The lightweight fight will happen at Rainton Meadows Arena in the North East.
The undercard is taking shape for Sanigar Events’ show at the Rhydycar Leisure Centre in Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday 25 March. The supporting cast for Dale Evans’ (12-3-2, 4KO) tasty Welsh welterweight title showdown with Tony Dixon (8-1, 1KO) will feature a host of up-and-comers, including; Gavin Gwynne (3-0, 1KO), Jamie JJ Evans (3-0), Sonny Lee (1-0), Kristian Touze (1-0), Stuart Brewer (1-0), Anthony Trow (2-3) and debutant Ricky Rowlands.
Down under, Cwmcarn’s Jamie Weetch (8-2, 4KO) continues his Australian adventure with his 11th outing. The super-welterweight will appear in his adopted country at the Empire Function Centre in Perth on Friday 17 March. No opponent for the St Patrick’s Day date has been confirmed yet.
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