SELBY DREAMS OF WORLD TITLE HISTORY

Barry boy Lee Selby (18-1, 7KO) says that he would break down and cry if he was to achieve the dream and become Wales’ third featherweight world champion. On Saturday, Selby faces Mexico’s Romulo Koasicha (21-3, 12KO) in an eliminator for the WBC world title. The fight co-headlines Matchroom Sport’s ‘The Second Coming’ show at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. Selby said, “I’m within touching distance of all my dreams, so that’s the motivation right there. I couldn’t put it in to words… winning a world title. If I win a world title, I know I’ll break down. I’ll be in tears, I’ll have achieved everything I’ve hoped and dreamed for. “Howard Winestone and Steve Robinson, I’d love to emulate them and be the next featherweight Welsh world champion. I’ve always known in myself that I can do it and now it’s my time.” In his last fight, Selby returned to his home country after two years on the road. The last time he had fought in Wales, there were scarcely 400 people in attendance but more than 5,000 packed the arena to see Selby defeat Rendall Munroe to add the European title to his British and Commonwealth titles. Speaking of the new experience, the 27-year-old said, “I’m not a star yet but it’s obviously nice to be appreciated by so many people for all the hard work I’ve been putting in and the sacrifices I’m making. Since I teamed up with Matchroom, I’m being showcased on TV and more of the general public get to see me, rather than just hardcore boxing fans. “It sold out last time, hopefully it does this time too. That will give them more iniative to keep putting on the shows. It’s going to rev me up again, as soon as I walk out and hear the crowd, it’s going to pick me up. I’m going out and I’ll start fast again, I’ll do the job on this guy.” Standing in Selby’s way is Mexico’s Koasicha, a mechanical engineering undergraduate who is trained by his father. There is next to no fight footage of the 23-year-old and he’s coming under the radar much like Selby did in his breakthrough fight, an eighth round knockout of Stephen Smith.  Selby said, “I don’t know a lot about him, you probably know more than me. I’ve had a little look on YouTube to check out his style and I seen a bit of both – he came forward but boxed on the backfoot too. I couldn’t take a lot from it. He looks like he’s got a good jab and going by his record, he can punch a bit and he looks a similar size to me, so we’ll see how it goes. “It’ll be good if I do beat him in good fashion, it’ll send a message to the champion (Jhonny Gonzalez) then because they’re both Mexican. Mexican’s are tough, I’m not going in there to knock him out or anything, I’ll try outbox him but if I do catch him, I’ll hurt him and let them go then.” Selby heads in to his 20th professional contest having spent part of his training camp in America, sparring in some of California’s toughest gyms. During this time, Selby’s experienced the Mexican mentality, giving him an understanding of their psychology. On the same stint in the states, Selby bumped in to two of his heroes, ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard and Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns. The Welshman was once a child idolising the legendary Americans but now he finds himself on the other end of the scenario, being asked for photos and signatures by the next generation of pugilists. Speaking of the American experience, Selby said, “All the boxers I sparred with in America were Mexican-Americans. They haven’t got much over there, they’re fighting for their lives and they’re hungry. I know what that’s like, I won’t take it for granted when I fight. “Sugar Ray and Hearns are two of the greatest, two of my heroes. Getting a chance to be in between them for a photo was brilliant. Now, I’m going to these boxing shows, the amateurs and I have them coming up to me asking for photos and stuff. It’s amazing, I remember being a kid myself, you’d see a pro at a boxing show and you really look up to them – that’s kind of what’s happening for me now.” Tickets are on sale now priced at £30, £40 and £60 ringside available from www.livenation.co.uk or by calling 02920 22 44 88. VIP Packages priced £120 are available from www.matchroomboxing.com or by calling 01277 359900. Also on the card, Nathan Cleverly makes his debut at Cruiserweight against Guyana’s Shaun Corbin with the WBA Inter-Continental title on the line, Liverpool’s Super Middleweight star Callum Smith defends his WBC International Super Middleweight title against Swansea’s Tobias Webb, Dale Evans faces Mark Douglas, plus there’s action for Chris Jenkins, Mitch Buckland, Robbie Turley and Alex Hughes.

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