Selby KOs Okine in Five
By Anson Wainwright, MaxBoxing (May 29, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Anson Wainwright)
Lee Selby
On a warm summer's evening at the Newport Leisure Centre, Wales, Lee Selby retained his Commonwealth featherweight title, scoring a fifth round stoppage over Ghana's Patrick Okine. Heading into the bout, little was known about Okine, so Selby opted to tentatively start looking for openings without pressing too hard. The second round burst into life when Selby was cut underneath the left eye; unperturbed, he continued to be patient, boxing behind the jab. By the third round, a pattern had formed where Okine looked to counter, landing a haymaker. At this point, the cat-and-mouse fight seemed to be a distance fight before Selby walked Okine down into his own corner, throwing several shots before bludgeoning him to the canvas. When Okine, 11-2-1 (9), rose, it was clear he wouldn't take too much more and the action was halted at 1.54 of the fifth round by referee Terry O’Connor. With the win Selby, 25, from Barry, moved to 13-1 (5). It's clear he's huge for the weight and looks like he would be a handful for anyone in Europe at the moment. Though still a work in progress, he hopes to win the Lonsdale belt outright and win the European title later this year.

Middleweight Liam Williams received an early 20th birthday present when he scored a four-round decision victory over tough Gilson De Jesus 1-3. Williams was able to win all four rounds in front of a lively crown of supporters who travelled to see him move to 3-0. The Clydach Vale prospect won six British titles and seven Welsh titles in an impressive amateur career.

Former 2007 World amateur champion Frankie Gavin moved to 13-0 (10), beating Laszlo Komjathi, 43-41-2 (16), when referee Marcus McDonnell halted the action at the end of the fifth round. “Funtime” had his own way for the majority of the fight and picked off his Hungarian opponent with precise shots prior to the stoppage. It was the second fight Gavin's had this year, having been out of action for eight months. One minor concern may have been that Gavin weighed in at a career-high 150. Next for Gavin could be a British welterweight title fight with Junior Witter.

Lewis Rees, 4-0 (3), impressively stopped debutant Jerome Samuels in the second round of a light welterweight bout. In all, Samuels was on the canvas four times before referee Reece Carter stopped the fight at .56 of the second after a left uppercut dropped Samuels in the centre of the ring. 
In a battle of two young Welsh fighters Tony Pace shocked Luke Robinson, outpointing the previously unbeaten fighter by the single score of 39-38. Pace pressed the action all the way while Robinson looked somewhat lethargic. Though he was able to land counterpunches, Robinson wasn't able to make an impression on Pace, who moved to 2-4. Robinson dipped to 4-1.

In a super featherweight bout, Craig Evans, 7-0 (3), from nearby Blackwood, stopped Dougie Curran, 5-13-2, at 2.21 of the opening stanza, having forced Curran to retire with nose damage.

Liam Smith, 10-0-1 (5), opened the seven-bout card, getting things off to a good start, stopping Andrew Patterson, 5-31-3 (4), at 2.48 of the opening round. Smith, 23, from Liverpool (the third of four fighting brothers), has developed well and uses an impressive body attack, again evident in this fight

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