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January 31, 2017

Andrew Selby targets Shiming world title fight, eyes move to 115 and 118lbs

Andrew Selby, Zou Shiming, WBO, Kal Yafai

Selby won the British flyweight title in just his 5th pro start making him the fastest Welsh boxer to win a Lonsdale belt.

by Shaun Brown

His record may only consist of seven fights and seven wins but 28-year-old Andrew Selby has big plans for 2017 and beyond.

The Welsh flyweight has already beaten a former world title challenger in his third fight, won the 8st British title in his fifth fight and completed the 12 round distance at the same time. Some pretty important boxes already ticked then, and the younger brother of IBF Featherweight champion Lee is just getting started.

"The plan is to get a world title shot this year," Selby told Talking Boxing ahead of his eighth fight this Saturday night on ITV Box Office against Ardin Diale (32-10-4, 15 KOs), for the WBC International flyweight title. A fight that forms part of the undercard to the Renold Quinlan-Chris Eubank Jr main event.

And the former World and European amateur medallist, who was also part of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, has one eye on a fellow amateur starlet who has won three Olympic medals himself.

"I think the least test is Zou Shiming who's got the WBO (flyweight title). I would like a fight with him but we've just got to see what happens."

Shiming is one of only two world champions at 112lbs, with Japan's Kazuto Ioka holding the WBA version while the WBC and IBF titles remain vacant.

And Selby said he would have no problem travelling overseas to face the Top Rank promoted 35-year-old Chinese superstar.

"I'd go to America to fight (him). He's lost before. He's 35 years of age, I think he's past his best. He ain't got too much power. He's always been light footed but light with his punches."

Selby told Talking Boxing that should he beat Diale in London this weekend, he would like his next fight to be for the European Flyweight title or a world title eliminator. And the gifted Welshman admitted that he needs a step-up in opposition soon despite fights with fellow British fighters falling through.

"We thought my previous fight [against Jake Bornea] was going to be a step up but I showed too much class for him."

"Charlie Edwards already pulled out, Kevin Satchell pulled out, Iain Butcher pulled out. That's three people pulled out! It don't bother me because I just move on, and move on up because the sparring I get
in the gym is better than all my fights anyway. It's more tough," he added.

"I should be fighting at the top level now. Just get that world title shot, and hopefully I can grab it and make some money out of it. That's what I'm in there for!"

A successful world title tilt would just be the beginning of his plans for world domination, Selby told TB. With few fighters remaining in one weight class nowadays, and the depth of talent at flyweight not quite there, there are plans to move up not just one but two weight divisions in the future.

"Hopefully I win a world title at flyweight and then move up to super flyweight and bantam, because I think I'm tall enough. Kal Yafai is (WBA) world champion now at super flyweight and I've sparred lots of rounds with him, it's a good spar. Hopefully one day we can get it on."