St Joseph's star Lee Selby making a name for himself in America

South Wales Argus: STATESIDE STAR: Lee Selby's latest title fight will be shown live in the US STATESIDE STAR: Lee Selby's latest title fight will be shown live in the US

ST JOSEPH'S star Lee Selby is making a name for himself in America with his latest title fight to be screened across the US.

The Barry boxer, who trains in Newport with Tony Borg, takes on Romulo Koasicha for the vacant WBC international featherweight title at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, May 17.

And the 12-round bout bout will headline a championship afternoon of boxing live on the A Wealth of Entertainment channel (AWE) in America.

The fight will also serve as a WBC world title elimination bout to champion Johnny Gonzalez's belt and a win would significantly raise Selby's profile on the other side of the Atlantic.

The all-Gwent clash between Selby's St Joes stablemate Gary Buckland and Newbridge's Gavin Rees will also be screened live, as will the return to the ring of Cefn Fforest ace Nathan Cleverly.

"This will be another great afternoon of live world-class boxing", said AWE president Charles Herring. "We have two title fights with the winner positioned to fight for the world title.

"The Buckland verses Rees bout will be a terrific fight and boxing fans will be excited to see Nathan Cleverly's cruiserweight debut."

Selby has a record of 18 wins and only one defeat with seven knockouts and has won 14 straight fights to claim the Welsh, Celtic, British and Commonwealth featherweight titles.

He defended the British belt four times and the Commonwealth belt five times before going on to capture the European featherweight title with a sixth round stoppage over former world title challenger Randall Munroe (27-3-1) on February 1.

Selby also won the WBC international featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Viorel Simion in 2012.

The 27-year-old is ranked number four in the world by the WBC, sixth in the world by the IBF and tenth by the WBO.

Koasicha of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, has a record of 21 wins and three defeats with 12 knockouts.

He has earned a number of belts, including the WBC United Stated USNBC with a seventh round stoppage over Eduardo Becerril.

Koasicha has defended the title three times over two reigns, which includes his last bout when he scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Marcos Cardenas on February 8.

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