Lee Selby wasn’t defending his IBF featherweight title today, but he got back in action, at least, and easily won over Spain’s Andoni Gago, scoring a ninth round stoppage when the referee decided the fight had become uncompetitive, which it had.
Selby (24-1, 9 KO) had no problems against the tough Gago (16-3-2, 5 KO), who was overmatched but gave the best effort he could.
Selby now hopes to move on for a big fight after having his mandatory defense earlier this year canceled at the last minute. He called today’s fight a “decent performance,” and said he wants Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, or Abner Mares in his next outing. There is still some question as to whether or not he has to face his mandatory, Jonathan Barros, who was pulled out of that mandatory fight in January.
- Heavyweight David Allen (11-2-1, 8 KO) scored a second round KO over David Howe (12-5, 6 KO). He glanced a right hand off of Howe’s temple, then drove some body shots into Howe’s midsection, putting Howe on the canvas. The fight was over there.
- Junior middleweight prospect Ted Cheeseman improved to 8-0 (6 KO) with an eight-round decision win over Jack Sellars (5-1-1, 1 KO) on a referee’s score of 78-74.
- Sunderland cruiserweight Jake Bonallie made his pro debut with a four-round decision win over Craig Glover (2-1, 1 KO) of Liverpool, on a score of 39-38.