Selby retains title

11:49pm Friday 25th May 2012

By Michael Pearlman

ST JOSEPHS fighter Lee Selby produced a quality performance tonight at the Newport Centre in his second defence of his Commonwealth featherweight title.

Selby has been training in Floyd Mayweather's gym and the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet would have been impressed by the manner of victory as Selby dominated dangerous opponent Patrick Okine.

Ghanaian Okine made the contest a competitive one while it lasted and didn't simply come to defend, Selby admitting afterwards he was the biggest puncher he'd faced.

Selby took the opening four sessions boxing astutely behind his left jab but the finish came in a hurry in the fifth round.

Selby pinned Okine in the corner and teed off with combinations, Okine moving away briefly only to be pinned back again by the Barry boxer.

Known as the ‘The Mallet’ Okine eventually slumped to the canvas and referee Terry O’Connor ended the fight with the challenger on his feet.

Some will argue the stoppage was premature but Okine had deliberately spat out his gumshield and appeared in discomfort.

It was a splendid victory for Selby whose reputation continues to grow and for who world title contention might come sooner than later if he continues on his current trajectory.

Elsewhere on the card there were wins for the impressive former Olympian Frankie Gavin, Welsh prospects Lewis Rees, Liam Williams and Blackwood's Craig Evans.

However, it was a bad night for Francis Robinson, son of Steve, as he lost his undefeated record in a close contest with fellow Welshman Tony Pace.

Full report, reaction and ringside pictures from Mike Lewis in Monday's Argus Sport.


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