Results round-up: Selby continues to shine and Webb pipped by Brophy in FOTY contender
Barry Town’s Andrew ‘The AC Superstar’ Selby (3-0, 2KO) showed why so many have so much hope in him by beating a former world title challenger in just his third professional fight.
The 26-year-old won every session of his meeting with Everth Briceno (35-15-2, 26KO), collecting a 60-54 decision in their six round contest at the Westcroft Leisure Centre in Carshalton, Surrey.
The fight at the was on the undercard of Hennessy Sport’s show and received live coverage on Spike TV and then a delayed repeat on terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5, earning Selby plaudits from a significant television audience.
The visiting Nicaraguan’s best days are behind him and he’s lost his last seven on the spin, including a points defeat to former European and world super-bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez just three weeks ago. Still, it was a significant step up for ex-Olympian Selby and he shone brightly, displaying his famed switch-hitting that leaves opponents puzzled and chasing shadows.
Although Selby’s previous outings were scheduled for eight rounds, the Briceno bout was the longest he has spent in the ring and it appeared he could continue all night. It was five weeks and one day since the four-time European Championships medallist made his professional debut.
Selby stopped former WBO regional title challenger Haji Juma in four rounds at the Newport Centre, before halting the previously unbeaten Jozsef Ajtaieven in less than five minutes in Bristol. Selby, managed by Sanigar Events like his older brother IBF world featherweight champion Lee, remains on track to compete for domestic honours by his fifth fight and world straps by his 10th outing.
Meanwhile in Edinburgh, Swansea’s Tobias ‘The Gentleman’ Webb (16-4-1, 2KO) suffered the fourth defeat of his six year career against the unbeaten David Brophy (15-0-1, 1KO) in a reported Fight of the Year contender. The ten round contest, which headlined MGM Scotland’s un-televised show, was put together on a weeks notice and Brophy, a former Dundee United footballer, pipped it courtesy of a 97-94 scorecard.
Webb, nephew of former world champion Enzo Maccarinelli, was stunned in the opening round but regrouped and hurt Brophy badly in the seventh round to betray both of their records, which suggest that neither are heavy hitters.
However, Brophy also displayed his own bravery and recovery powers, resulting in punishing toe-to-toe exchanges in the final three rounds and the Scot edged them to collect the verdict and extend his unbeaten streak. Many ringside observers judged the contest to be worth of a rematch with a title at stake and on a televised platform.
Newport’s bantamweight Darren ‘The Punisher’ Pryce (0-8-1) had been due to box in Walsall on Saturday but the fight was scrapped when his opponent weighed-in four lbs heavier than the agreed limit.