In the nights main event, Andrew Selby (9-0, 5 KOs) moved into pole position for a shot at the WBC title with a wide decision victory over Cristofer Rosales (23-2, 15 KOs) in a Flyweight eliminator at the Motorpoint arena in Cardiff, Wales , winning by scores of 118-109, 117-110, 117-110.
‘AC Superstar’ in just his ninth professional contest was given a freight in the contests opener, a right hand finding its mark from the visitor leaving Selby on the canvas for the first time In his career.
Selby showed maturity in taking the time needed to clear his head, circling away from the hostility of the Nicaraguan who was now in full seek and destroy mode, seconds ticking away from fleeting thoughts of an early night for El Látigo.
Rosales was making his second visit to the Uk following his defeat to Khalid Yafai in 2015, hoping this time was more prosperous but Selby had found his rhythm, rattling off combinations which were blurring to the eye.
Selby danced, slipped and swayed his way out of the constant danger that lurked from Rosales, intentions of walking him onto his shots which he fired from both the southpaw and orthodox styles.
Rosales had one last hurrah in the twelfth, in the knowledge he was behind on the scorecards pushed for something significant but was found wanting, hurriedly following Selby around the ring, punching nothing but shadows on his way to a unanimous decision loss on the judges scorecards.
“I don’t learn moves in the ring, it just comes naturally“ said Selby when asked about his style of fighting “to be honest, I don’t really like boxing. If I did like it, can you imagine how good I would be?,“
“Who likes getting punched in the face? I don’t. I just like the cheques.”
Fight Rating (Out of 5)
Cruiserweight Craig Kennedy (16-1, 8 KOs) had the chance to take his first major title in front of his hometown support but would ultimately come up short courtesy of a big right hand in the sixth from Matty Askin (22-3-1, 14 KOs) which ended his night prematurely.
In a show of power, Askin wasted little time in letting his hands go, finding its mark in the first which dropped / wobbled Kennedy in a dominant opener, a statement of intent going forward from the Michael Jennings trained fighter.
Things went from bad to worse thereafter for the Cardiffian, the big right hand a clear and constant threat proving a difficult obstacle to avoid, serving to further wobble the unsteady legs of the 32-Year old
Kennedy did however seem to be slowly, maybe gingerly working his way into the contest, his faculties seemed to have returned, before a big right hand lay him down against the ropes in the sixth leaving his title winning aspirations in tatters.
Fight Rating (Out of 5)