The Flyweight division has been good for British fighters over the years, which is strange because the average UK boxer is around the 150lb to 160lb range. In fact, when have we ever been so rich in-depth with heavyweight boxing?
Flyweight is the only division where there is little argument about the all-time best being a Brit. Welshman Jimmy Wilde holds that accolade and is unlikely to ever lose it. Oddly enough, there are those that believe another Welshman, Andrew Selby, could go on to be one of our best ever Flyweights and join Wilde (The Mighty Atom) near the top of that list.
The next step Selby has to take is travelling to Metepec, Mexico to fight an official WBC Final eliminator against Julio Cesar Martinez Aguilar on Saturday 23rd March. The same night, WBC champion Charlie Edwards makes the 1st defence of his title against Spain's useful Angel Moreno at The Copperbox Arena in London.
In most instances, it would appear a poor move by any fighter's management to take such an important fight in Mexico. It will be an extremely hostile atmosphere that the Barry man enters into, and he can expect no favours. Selby, of course, has fought in many different rings around the world as one of Britain's most successful amateurs.
Aguilar has a 14-1-0 record. The loss was by split decision in his professional debut. In 2017 Aguilar won a unanimous decision over fellow countryman Edgar Sosa, the former WBC Light-Flyweight champion, a good win for the resident of Mexico City.
Selby will need to be dominant throughout the fight to be given the nod after 12 rounds. There is nothing to point to the Welshman being able to stop Aguilar. With 6 wins out of 11 by way of the short route, it is Selby's excellent skills and high work rate that has set him aside from his opposition so far.
In front of a partisan crowd and with so much at stake, Aguilar will be a tough man to beat. If it comes down to boxing, then Selby wins, but I'm sure the Mexican has other ideas. Watching Aguilar's fights on YouTube will not have worried Team Selby, he is quite basic but strong and a decent puncher, 10 wins by way of knock out in his 13 wins.
This is a big ask, but Selby has the talent to win in even the hardest of circumstances. I'm going for a wide points win.