Lee Selby overcomes personal tragedy and beats Jonathan Victor Barros

Lee Selby overcomes personal tragedy and beats Jonathan Victor Barros

By Dewi Powell: Last week, Barry’s Lee Selby (25-1, 9KO) produced the strongest showing of his world championship reign to outpoint Jonathan Victor Barros (41-5-1, 22KO).

The IBF featherweight champion saw off his Mandatory Challenger in his third title defence, courtesy of 119-108, 117-110 and 117-110 scorecards at Wembley Arena, London.

Selby was Chief Support for the Poxon Sports show, live on ITV Box Office. The 30-year-old performed under the most testing of personal circumstances. His mother, Frankie Cummings, passed away just four days before fight night.

Barros, who enjoyed a spell as WBA ruler in 2010, never gained a foot hold in the 12 rounder. Selby immediately settled in to his rhythm and was rarely disrupted, jabbing away almost all approaches. It edged Barros backwards and allowed Selby to dictate exchanges from centre ring. The fourth round was eventful, Selby dislodging Barros’ gum shield with a left hook, then freezing him with a right cross before stepping in with meaty body shots.

After comfortably racking up the early rounds, Barros grew more reckless in the fifth round. An erratic attack led to a clash of heads and Selby suffered a cut to his right eye, which bled down the side of his face. It was controlled by the corner, who stressed the need for calm and they encouraged Selby to settle down again behind his long range straight shots.

Literally sensing blood, Barros tried to rush Selby in the sixth, though he was unable to turn the tide. Up close, the action occasionally became messy and neither found much success at short range. Barros’ constant activity kept Selby busy, though the Welshman had an answer for everything and kept Barros turning, swinging for fresh air.

Selby headed to the championship rounds with a comfortable lead, whilst Barros became desperate. Enthused by Tony Borg and Chris Sanigar to close out the show in style, Selby met the Argentinian head on, dropping him heavily with a left hook. Barros has only been stopped once and showed why, bravely surviving a final onslaught to hear the final bell.

The dust has now settled on Selby’s dominant performance and with mandatory obligations met, he is free to face any top 15 ranked contender. The most likely option is Belfast’s Carl Frampton (23-1, 14KO). The Ulsterman, a two-weight world champion, is one of the biggest names in the sport and returns to his hometown on Saturday.

Frampton, 30, is very likely to overcome Mexico’s Andres Gutierrez (35-1-1, 25KO) in routine fashion, leaving no obstacle for the Barry McGuigan managed starlet to showdown with Selby in one of world boxing’s best match-ups.

Image by Poxon Sports.

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