Andrew Selby believes he will take another step towards becoming world champion by beating Cristofer Rosales next month.
The unbeaten Welsh flyweight will fight the Nicaraguan at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena in an official WBC world title eliminator on May 26.
Barry fighter Selby, 28, the younger brother of IBF featherweight king Lee, will move into a prime position to challenge for the WBC World flyweight crown, currently held by Mexico’s Juan Hernandez Navarrate.
Selby said: “It’s great to be back boxing in Wales in the biggest test of my pro career so far. I’m getting closer to my dream of becoming a world champion alongside my brother Lee and this WBC world title eliminator will put me in touching distance.
“Rosales is one place above me in the WBC world rankings and from what I’ve seen of him he looks a dangerous fighter. These are the tests I need to bring out my best, training is going well and you’ll see the best version of Andrew Selby on May 26th.”
On the same bill, Cardiff’s undefeated Craig Kennedy also boxes in the biggest fight of his career when he challenges Blackpool’s English cruiserweight champion Matty Askin for the vacant British cruiserweight title.
Cardiff light-heavyweight Nathan Thorley, Aberdare light-heavyweight Morgan Jones, Barry cruiserweight Jonathan O’Kelly, Swansea super lightweight Kristian Touze and Treharris’ Gavin Gweynne will also be in action with boxing starting at 6pm.
Selby’s eliminator is a step up in class for the British flyweight champion, who is also the WBC International flyweight champion.
He has breezed past all of his eight professional opponents so far.
Rosales.has boxed once before in the UK, when he pushed Birmingham’s WBA world super flyweight champion Khalid Yafai in a competitive eight-round contest in Sheffield in March 2015.
Since then Rosales has captured the Nicaraguan and WBC Latino flyweight titles. The twenty-two year old is a stablemate of former four-weight world champion Roman Gonzalez, and will travel to Cardiff on the back of a thirteen-fight winning streak that includes eight knockout victories.