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Lee Selby to defend against Fernando Montiel

Rob Day

Rob Day has experience writing for Ringnews24, Boxrec and he has written for boxing magazine, Bocsio. Rob covers boxing in the South of Wales. He can be found occasionally as a guest on boxing radio shows.

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IBF World featherweight champion Lee Selby, will make his American debut on the 14th October, 2015. The Wednesday night fight will be broadcast by PBC on ESPN.

Lee Selby (21-1, 8 KOs) is promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, managed by Chris Sanigar and now advised by US boxing guru Al Haymon; the man behind the revolutionary Premier Boxing Champions.

The Barry boxer won the IBF title with an impressive victory over undefeated, defending champion Evgeny Gradovich back on the 30th May, 2015. So, his first defence will be on US soil and infront of a large TV viewing audience stateside. The card will co-feature Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs) vs Aaron Martinez (19-4-1, 4 KOs) in a welterweight contest.

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Lee’s opponent will be the vastly experience Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (54-4,2, 39 KOs), of Mexico. The 36-year-old challenger, ranked No.10 in the IBF’s August rankings, has held numerous World titles in the Flyweight, Super-Flyweight and Bantamweight divisions. A professional since December 1996, he has impressive wins over the likes of Martin Castillo, Luis Maldonado, Hozumi Hasegawa and Nehomar Cermeno.

The powerful “Cochulito” has won his last eight contests including wins over Cristobal Cruz and then-unbeaten Sergio Puente. His last defeat came in 2011, on points, to Victor Terrazas. his biggest defeat came in a unification bout against Nonito Donaire, back in February, 2011 when knocked-out in two rounds by “The Filipino Flash”.

This fight will give Lee Selby exposure to a wider audience and against a recognisable name. It should also provide the Welsh boxer with a successful first defence of his World title. The fight will be shown on SkySports in the UK. A venue is yet to be confirmed.

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