Date: 18th June 2013 at 4:53pm
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Things are starting to hot up in the featherweight division in England.

On the undercard of the Hughie Fury bill, at Norwich, Ryan Walsh saw off the threat of the Nicaraguan Jose Antonio Elizabeth and the Norfolk fighter now has his eyes set on challenging Lee Selby for his British featherweight title.

But, although Walsh has been made the mandatory challenger, he?s acutely aware that circumstances may prevent such a tear-up happening with Selby set to fight the undefeated Romanian boxer, Viorel Simion in July.

If Selby can beat Simion, there is the real chance that the title may be vacated, especially with Selby on a run of 11 consecutive wins and harbouring world-title ambitions.

In fact Walsh has nothing but praise for Selby, remarking to the media when discussing the possibility of a clash,

?I can?t wait. I really rate Lee Selby.?

?I think pound-for-pound he is one of the best in Britain right now. Domestically he?s perfect, you can?t knock his performances.?


But on the prospect of Selby?s ambitions preventing the fight, Walsh added,

?On paper it?s 50/50 between him and me. He?s picked a great European opponent but hopefully he comes back to fight me.?

I hope so to, I feel the pair are evenly matched as their ages and current records would indicate but I just have this nagging suspicion that if Selby gets past Simion then he?ll be looking for far greater things than a British title defence, however much he values that particular belt.