Welshman Lee Selby booked his shot at the world title at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night by outclassing Australian Joel Brunker inside nine rounds.
Brunker entered the UK with a respectable reputation and was expected to give Selby a stern test but that was not the case at all as Selby showed his class and proved he now belongs in the ring with the very best.
Selby made a cautious start as expected but as soon as he know what Brunker had to offer he started to open up and by the fifth round he was unloading at will and showcasing his many skills.
By the seventh it was evident that the stoppage was not far away. The end came when Selby slipped in a fierce looking left hook that stopped Brunker in his tracks. A follow up attack prompted the referee to step in as the Australian was perched awkwardly on the bottom rope.
"Theres still a very, very lot more to come," Selby told Sky Sports. "As soon as I can bring my skills in the gym into the ring you will see a true champion, who can mix it with anyone."
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