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SELBY VOWS TO PUNISH THE 'BINMAN'.

Byline: PHIL BLANCHE phil.blanche@walesonline.co.uk

HOT Welsh prospect Lee Selby has told 'boxing binman' Rendall Munroe that he will punish him for his trash talking.

Leicester veteran Munroe heads to Wales next Saturday to meet Selby for the vacant European featherweight title on a stacked Cardiff Motorpoint Arena show.

The 33-year former binman has campaigned at world level - losing to WBC super-bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka on points in 2010 - and dismissed Selby's credentials recently, saying "he has nothing that worries him".

"When I get Selby dealt with they can get me the world title shot they keep promising him," sniped Munroe.

But current British champion Selby sees Munroe as a stepping stone to world honours and plans to put on a show on his first appearance in a Welsh ring for nearly two years.

"We'll find out on February 1 what's going to happen," warned Selby, who has lost only once in his 18-fight professional career.

"He's gotta say stuff like that but at the end of the day I'll destroy him.

"I expect him to come out and try and pressure me and try and wear me down, that's what he usually does.

"But I live in the gym, and when he tries to up the pace, I'll up it more, I'll outbox him, catch up with him and get him out of there.

"If he comes and tries to outbox me on the back foot, which I think is unlikely, I'll be happy to take the fight to him.

"I hope to put on an entertaining performance in front of my home crowd and hopefully knock him out."

Selby's star has been on the rise since he knocked out hometown favourite Stephen Smith in Liverpool in September 2011.

He has since rattled up six wins in claiming the Lonsdale Belt outright and also won the Commonwealth belt which he subsequently gave up.

The only thing missing has been establishing a high profile in Wales as his busy 2013 saw him fight in Belfast, Blackpool, Hull and London.

His top-of-the-bill appearance in Cardiff will be his first fight on home turf since he defended his Commonwealth title against Ghana's Patrick Okine at Newport in May 2012.

"I want to be the face of Welsh boxing," said Selby, who has climbed to No 6 in the WBC rankings and has set his sights on current champion Jhonny Gonzalez.

"There are shows in Wales but no 'big time' shows, and I'm excited to be top of the bill "It's been a long time coming not just as a fighter but as a fan of boxing.

"I don't think I am far away from the world title scene.

"Hopefully I can win this title and maybe make a couple of defences, then look to a final eliminator for a big one."

Selby's clash with Munroe is part of a huge line-up of action in Cardiff, with an all-Welsh lightweight clash between Gavin Rees and Gary Buckland eagerly awaited.

Both men might be heading towards the last-chance saloon with little room for the loser to turn.

Olympic gold medal hero Anthony Joshua MBE steps up in class to take on Aberdare's Dorian Darch after a comfortable start to his pro career.

Darch should make Joshua work harder for a fourth win and there is a strong Welsh undercard with Kerry Hope, Jason Cook, Tony Pace and Dale Evans all on the bill.

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Date:Jan 26, 2014
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