Lee Selby faces Romulo Koasicha on May 17th in Wales
By Scott Gilfoid: In a confusing fight, #3 WBC 126lb contender Lee Selby (18-1, 7 KO’s) will be fighting #14 WBC Romulo Koasicha (21-3, 12 KO’s) on May 17th in a WBC featherweight title eliminator bout at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, in Wales, United Kingdom. What’s hard to understand is why Selby is being given such a soft touch for this fight in Koasicha. This guy lost last year to Jesus Galicia by a 12 round decision.
Koasicha lost in 2012 to Isaac Torres. We’re not talking about great fighters. Heck, Torres has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights since beating Koasicha in 2012. Galicia was recently beaten by Miguel Marriaga last year. So why are the World Boxing Council letting Selby face a weak opponent like Koasicha? I mean, if they’re going to set him up with easy fights to get the WBC mandatory position, then they might as well just give the WBC featherweight mandatory spot to Selby so that he can get the title shot.
“Lee is buzzing right now,” Hearn said. “He put in a great performance against Munroe in a sold out arena in Cardiff and he can’t wait to get back there. He is nicely poised in the rankings and the plan is to be the mandatory challenger by the close of the year.”
Selby beat Rendall Munroe by a 6th round TKO last February. But Munroe had recently been beaten by Scott Quigg and Toshiaki Nishioka, so it’s not as if Selby accomplished anything.
Selby, 27, is going to have major problems when he does face Jhonny Gonzales for his WBC title because Gonzalez can really punch and he won’t be one of Selby’s soft touches that he’s had during his career. Selby hasn’t faced a good opponent yet during his 6 year pro career so it’s going to be interesting to see what Gonzalez does to him once he starts bouncing his big power shots off of his chin. It could be brutal, and we could see Selby kissing the canvas.