Mexican test for Selby

  • Last Updated: April 10 2014, 15:49 BST

Lee Selby will face Romulu Koasicha in an official eliminator for the WBC featherweight title with the International belt on the line at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on May 17, live on Sky Sports.

Lee Selby: Closing on a world title shot
Lee Selby: Closing on a world title shot

Selby, who will defend his WBC international title, is sitting at number three in the sanctioning body's rankings and is closing in on champion Jhonny Gonzalez, who defends his title in his native Mexico a week later.

The Welshman must see off Gonzalez's fellow countryman Koasicha (21-3) to move towards his first world title shot.

Selby impressed in his last outing at the Motorpoint Arena, stopping former world title challenger Rendall Munroe in February to add the European title to his British and Commonwealth straps, and promoter Eddie Hearn says his charge will be out to impress again in Cardiff.

"Lee is buzzing right now, he put in a great performance against Munroe in a sold out arena in Cardiff and he can't wait to get back there," said Hearn.

"He is nicely poised in the rankings and the plan is to be the mandatory challenger by the close of the year."

Selby's clash with Koasicha is part of a cracking night of action in Cardiff, as Nathan Cleverly shares top billing in his first fight at cruiserweight.

In addition, Gary Buckland and Gavin Rees lock horns once again in a rematch of their British lightweight title eliminator that was an early contender for Fight of the Year.

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