San Diego, CA – May 6, 2014 – On Saturday, May 17, Lee Selby will take on Romulo Koasicha for the vacant WBC International Featherweight title in a 12-round bout that headlines a championship afternoon of live boxing on AWE – A Wealth of Entertainment. The main event between Selby and Koasicha also serves as the WBC Elimination bout to determine which fighter gets a world title shot to challenge world champ Johnny Gonzalez for his belt. The live afternoon of boxing originates from the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales and will be televised live in the United States on AWE.
“This will be another great afternoon of live world-class boxing”, said AWE president Charles Herring. “We have two title fights with the winner positioned to fight for the world title. The Buckland versus Rees bout will be a terrific fight and boxing fans will be excited to see Nathan Cleverly’s Cruiserweight debut.”
Selby of Barry, Wales has a record of 18-1 with seven knockouts. Selby has been on a roll, winning 14 straight fights and capturing multiple championships.
The 27-year old Selby has won the Welsh Area Featherweight title and the Celtic Featherweight title. He won the British and Commonwealth Featherweight titles with an 8th round stoppage over previously undefeated Stephen Smith (12-0). Selby defended the British belt four times and the Commonwealth Belt five times. During those defenses he had impressive wins over Patrick Okine (11-1-1), Martin Lindsay (20-1), and Corey McConnell (11-0-1). In his last bout, Selby captured the European Featherweight title with an impressive 6th round stoppage over former world title challenger Randall Munroe (27-3-1).
Selby is ranked no. 4 in the world by the WBC, no. 6 in the world by the IBF and no. 10 in the world by the WBO. Selby captured the WBC International Featherweight title back in 2012 when scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Viorel Simion (16-0).
Koasicha of San Luis Potosi, Mexico has a record of 21-3 with 12 knockouts. He has earned a number of belts, including the WBC United Stated USNBC with a 7th round stoppage over Eduardo Becerril. Koasicha has defended the title three times over two reigns which includes his last bout when he scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Marcos Cardenas on February 8.
Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport has loaded up an exciting afternoon of live boxing. The co-main event features a 12-round battle for the WBC International Super Middleweight title, with undefeated Callum Smith (10-0, 8 KO’s) taking on Tobias Webb (14-1-1, 2 KO’s). Also featured on the card is Gary Buckland (28-3, 9 KO’s) who will challenge former world champion Gavin Rees (37-4-1, 18 KO’s). In a match anticipated undercard fight, former Light Heavyweight champion, Nathan Cleverly (26-1, 12 KO’s) will make his Cruiserweight debut against Sean Corbin (17-4, 12 KO’s)
Boxing fans can enjoy Selby vs Koasicha and upcoming world-class boxing bouts live on AWE via Verizon FiOS TV channels 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country and worldwide. Watch for additional live boxing announcements at www.awetv.com.
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