New life going forward has been forged after a quality performance tonight by former IBF Featherweight Champion 🇬🇧Lee “Lightning” Selby (27-2-0, 9KO👊) as he was able to soundly defeat former 3 weight Titlist 🇬🇧Ricky Burns (43-7-1, 16KO👊) by way of Majority Decision on the cards.
Naturally Selby stated the fight off on his back foot, and Burns wanted to make a fight of it early. Selby landed a clean flush left hook to the temple, but Burns took it well. Selby’s footwork and rate of work was on point and working early, beating Burns to the mark frequently. Burns as usual was a game competitor, but he had trouble dealing with Selby’s offensive creativity, and in finding opportunities to land significant combinations of his own. Burns, frustrated started to lose his cool, evident after round 5 when Burns loaded up and hit Selby well after the 🔔bell. Burns understanding that he was falling far behind stepped up his aggression and sound some pockets of success in the 7th round. Getting himself back in the fight a bit, Burns started to pour out the rest of what he had down the stretch of the fight, and landed the best punch of the fight authored up by him with 10 seconds to go in the contest, but not quite enough down the stretch to get him over the hump. The foot-speed of Selby was proving to be the difference between the two veteran boxers, enabling Selby to roam freely en route to a 12 round majority decision over the Scottish warrior.
Although he fought well once again, question will arise with what Burns wants to do going forward. Albeit he had a bit of a resurgence after his loss to 🇬🇧Anthony Crolla, Burns is 36 years of age, and Burns approached this contest as a last chance hurrah at getting a taste of the big time once again, falling a little short of his mark. Selby looks remarkably comfortable physically at Lightweight, having completed his second fight at Lightweight after a pretty sound performance to defeat the once-beaten 🇺🇸Omar Douglas by decision. months back. His list of options should expand after this performance, with plenty of talent at the elite level in the division to eventually shoot for.