Selby faces Koasicha in WBC title eliminator

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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.

Selby is sitting pretty at number three in the WBC 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 to move towards his first World title shot, with the Mexican fresh from defending his WBC US Featherweight title in February having reclaimed the crown in July.

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.

Gary Buckland and Gavin Rees locks horns once again in a rematch of their British Lightweight title eliminator that was an early contender for Fight of the Year and world class Super Middleweight talent Callum Smith defends his WBC International title against Swansea’s Tobias Webb.

Unbeaten Light Welterweight Chris Jenkins continues to plot his path to a British title shot, and there is action for St. Clears Welterweight Dale Evans and Limerick Middleweight Andy Lee.

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