A FIGHT with pound-for-pound great Vasyl Lomachenko next year would be something Lee Selby and his team “could look back on for the rest of our lives”, according to trainer Tony Borg.

St Joseph’s chief Borg says Selby is currently putting out feelers at the World Boxing Organisation’s (WBO) annual convention in Japan to see if a 2020 showdown with the legendary Ukrainian is possible.

Lomachenko, 31, has held the WBO world lightweight title for the past 12 months, while 32-year-old Selby occupies the number one spot in the sanctioning body’s global rankings.

Barry native Selby, the former IBF featherweight king who beat Ricky Burns in his last outing in October, wants to make history by becoming Wales’ first two-weight world champion.

“Lee is at the WBO convention in Japan and he’s working on getting a fight with Lomachenko,” said Borg.

“Lomachenko is the WBO champion and Lee is ranked number one with them, so he’s gone out there with his manager (Chris Sanigar) to see if they can sort something out.

“Lee doesn’t want to be fighting on small shows and picking up international belts – he wants the real thing.

“I would love Lee to fight Lomachenko, it’s what he’s in boxing for. The money would be there, but it’s just the thought of fighting someone like Vasyl Lomachenko.

“It’s something we could look back on for the rest of our lives.”

He continued: “Lee has won Welsh, Celtic, Commonwealth, British, European and world titles, and defended them, but a massive fight like this is what he goes to work for.

“Lomachenko is amazing, I’m a massive admirer of him, but we wouldn’t just go to do a couple of rounds with him, we’d want to put him on his backside.

“Hopefully something can be arranged for next year.”

It was that points victory over former three-weight world champion Burns at the O2 Arena in London that Borg says is his highlight of a hugely successful 2019 for St Joes.

Selby went into that contest knowing only a win would do, anything less and he probably would have had to give up on his dream of a second global belt.

“Lee getting the decision over Ricky Burns was my highlight of the year,” added Borg.

“I was positive he would do it, but he was away from home on a Matchroom show and against a Matchroom fighter.

“One judge called it a draw and when I heard that score read out, I thought they were going to give it to Burns.

“Seeing Lee get back to where he deserves to be was great.”

In all, it was a near-perfect year for Borg’s Newport stable, with Gavin Gwynne and Andrew Selby suffering the gym’s only losses.

New professionals Lloyd Germain, Jordan Withers and Joshua John won seven fights between them, Robbie Vernon took his record to 5-0 and Lance Cooksey (11-0) remained undefeated.

"It has been a very good year for the gym," said Borg. "We've got a good set-up with all the lads feeding off each other."