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Selby sets his sights on Euro glory after Simpson stoppage.

Byline: Gareth Griffiths

BARRY boxer Lee Selby has set his eyes on a European title shot after defending his British and Commonwealth titles.

Selby stopped Scottish fighter John Simpson in the fifth round at Bethnal Green's York Hall in London.

It was Selby's fourth stoppage in his last five fights.

"Nobody had ever stopped John Simpson before now so that sends a message out," said Selby. "I want to go on to bigger things so this is just the start. Not everybody can do that to a fighter like John."

Selby, who was making his first defence after winning the title in September, asserted himself in the second and began to take control with some decent shots of his own.

Selby caught Simpson with a left hook to the body midway through the fifth round.

It was fierce enough to send him to the canvas and referee Marcus McDonnell stepped in to call a halt to the contest.

Meanwhile, British world champion Carl Froch has said he hopes Ward's recent cut will dissuade the American from using his head to gain an illegal advantage when they clash tomorrow.

The pair meet in Atlantic City in a unification of two super-middleweight world titles and the final of the Super Six tournament.

The contest had initially been scheduled for October 29 but when Ward sustained a cut over his right eye in sparring, the fight was postponed by nearly two months.

Ward insists the injury is now fully healed and Froch this week claimed he would not target the old wound, but the Nottingham fighter does concede it could have other advantages.

Ward won the WBA title with a technical decision win against Mikkel Kessler when the Dane suffered a horrible cut and there were accusations of headbutting levelled at Ward.

He has a reputation for liberal head movement but WBC champion Froch believes he may be more careful now that he has a vulnerability of his own to protect.

"It might slow down his use of the head a bit because there is scar tissue above his eye that could potentially open back up," said Froch, "He's not going to want that so maybe he'll lay off a bit with his head."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 16, 2011
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