ANDREW Selby must put his dislike of long-haul flights to one side next month as he bids for a victory that will set-up a world title shot.

The unbeaten St Joseph’s ace is scheduled to challenge Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar in Mexico on Saturday, March 23.

The contest is a final eliminator for the WBC world flyweight crown, which is currently held by Englishman Charlie Edwards.

Edwards, who Selby beat when the two were amateurs, is due to defend his belt against Spain’s Angel Moreno at the Copper Box Arena in London on the same night.

Surrey stylist Edwards won the title last December by dethroning champion Cristofer Rosales, who Selby outclassed back in May 2017.

"All Mexicans are tough, and he's decent at what he does, but I don't see anything there that's really outstanding," said Selby's trainer Tony Borg on Aguilar.

"He's heavy-handed and will obviously have home advantage and be up for it, but Andrew at his best is one of the best fighters in the world.

"We've just got to get him right, keep him focused and he'll be world champion by the end of the year."

Barry boy Selby, whose older brother Lee fights American Omar Douglas at London’s O2 this Saturday, has won all 11 of his fights as a professional.

Last week it emerged that the British Boxing Board of Control had ordered Selby to put his British strap on the line in a battle of Wales with Swansea slugger Jay Harris.

While that would make for interesting viewing, it’s understood that 30-year-old Selby would only consider taking the bout if he was unsuccessful in Aguilar’s backyard.

"It's a horrible thing to say, but it's a backward step for Andrew," added Borg on the possibility of Selby-Harris happening.

"He's got an eliminator for the world title in Mexico and is not going to come home and defend his British title. He's got bigger fish to fry.

"Don't get me wrong, if the eliminator wasn't there then he'd be up to defend his British title.

"Andrew's in it to earn money, so that's what he'd be doing."

As for Mexican Aguilar, he boasts a record of 13 victories and only one defeat from 14 outings in the paid code.

Ten of those wins have come inside the distance and his only loss came when making his pro debut in October 2015.

His last contest was at the end of January, a first-round stoppage of fellow countryman Irvin Ordaz one day before his 24th birthday.

Selby’s most recent fight came nearly four months ago when he beat Tanzanian Adam Yahaya inside two rounds at the Newport Centre.

That took place more than a year after his previous appearance – problems outside the ring had seen the Welshman have his boxing licence suspended.