Selby supreme in Cardiff

  • By: Adam Norman
  • Last Updated: February 1 2014, 23:38 GMT

Lee Selby added the European title to his British belt by stopping Rendall Munroe in the sixth round of their fight in Cardiff.

Lee Selby celebrates with his new European strap
Lee Selby celebrates with his new European strap

Selby flew out of the blocks and was all over his veteran opponent in the opener, throwing rapid combinations in addition to slick movement that left Munroe bewildered.

It was the same story in rounds two and three as the former binman walked forward into a hail of punches without being able to get more than the odd shot off here and there.

It was Munroe's first serious fight at featherweight and the size and range of Selby was causing him problems - the champion circling his prey and mixing his shots up stylishly.

The Leicester southpaw enjoyed rare success in the fourth round but it was still hard to see a way back for the 33-year-old, who temporarily retired after losing to Scott Quigg almost 18 months ago.

The fifth round was a frustrating one with the crowd expecting Selby to look for a finish, only to ease off and allow Munroe the opportunity to land combinations of his own.

Not that the Leicester man was in any way getting the better of things, and early in the next Selby landed the big shot the fans were looking for, a right hand that had his opponent off balance and backing onto the ropes.

In a neutral corner, Munroe covered up as Selby unleashed a huge volume of punches - some landing while others only found leather - but the Welshman did not relent and even beckoned the referee to stop the fight, Ian John-Lewis eventually doing just that even though Munroe was clearly not badly hurt.

The win for Selby means he could be only two or three fights away from a world title shot, while Munroe must go away and consider his future once again after a disappointing loss - his first in seven at European title level.


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