Selby strolls to sixth straight win in Scotland

Selby strolls to sixth straight win in Scotland

Earlier tonight, Barry Town’s ‘AC Superstar’ Andrew Selby (6-0, 4KO) strolled to six straight wins at the Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The rising flyweight force barely ventured out of first gear as he stopped Nicaragua’s Felix Moncada (9-6-1, 1KO) in the fifth session of their scheduled 10 round non-title fight.

The opening three rounds were a feeling out process and Moncada stayed safe by attempting to fend Selby off with long-range fencing. The Welshman almost appeared bored as he went through the motions, effortlessly slipping shots and pivoting to avoid whatever Moncada tried to land.

Tony Borg, cornerman and Head Coach at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport, instructed Selby to start applying more pressure before the fourth round. Proceedings then became tougher for the visitor, who was badly rocked by a picture perfect uppercut and later troubled with a body shot.

The build up of momentum continued in to the fifth session and although the stoppage appeared a tad premature, there was realistically no chance of the tide turning against Selby. Referee Victor Loughlin had seen enough and called an end to the contest when Moncada was staggered by a left hook from Selby, who was now starting to warm up.

The 24-year-old import Moncada had never ventured outside of his home country before and won’t be encouraged to return after the welcoming Selby greeted him with. Though the opponent entered the contest on the back of a defeat, Moncada hadn’t been stopped since his fourth professional outing over two years ago.

Selby was also able to show his adaptability, having originally been penciled in to face the unbeaten Hermongenes Castillo. The southpaw suffered a last minute hand injury and was replaced by his countryman, who operates out of the orthodox stance.

Entering the fight, the 27-year-old hadn’t performed since May when he routed Derby’s Louis Norman at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff Bay to become a British champion in record time. It has been a frustrating wait for his sixth outing, especially when ex-European champion Kevin Satchell withdrew from a mandated challenge for the Lord Lonsdale belt, to the dismay of Selby’s co-managers Chris and Jamie Sanigar.

Selby’s next fight will be at the SSE Wembley Arena as part of the undercard for super-middleweight contender ‘Saint’ George Groves’, who headlines in a WBA International title fight against Germany’s Eduard Gutknecht. Selby’s handlers are working to secure a title fight for the Friday 18 November show, hoping that it will improve his world ranking with a governing body.

It will be the third consecutive time that Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions have hosted Selby. The Hall of Fame entrant has gone on record to state his fandom of Selby, promising him opportunities if he continues to impress.

Earlier on the Edinburgh show, Cardiff’s super-lightweight Rhys Saunders (3-4-1, 1KO) was stopped in the second round against hot Scottish contender Jason Easton (8-0, 4KO). The Edinburgh native collected Mitchell Buckland’s vacated Celtic title, forcing the stoppage after dropping Saunders to the canvas on three occasions, all courtesy of right hooks to the body.

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