Lee Selby vs Eric Hunter
On the undercard of Charles Martin's travelling attempt to defend his world title against Olympic gold medalist, Anthony Joshua, at the 02 Arena in London, IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby, takes on Pennsylvanian challenger, Eric Hunter.
Selby starts well, out working and out maneuvering Hunter to clearly edge the first 3 minutes.
In round 2, a round which Selby appears to be edging again, Hunter lands a flush left hook right on the side of Selby's head, rattling his jaw, and flooring him, heavily. After suffering his first knockdown as a professional boxer, Selby gets up, pulls himself together, get through the round, and recovers in good time for the next round.
For rounds won, it is all Selby, quite clearly thru rounds 3-7, as he continues to outwork and really outbox an under active Eric Hunter, who lands something impressing every now and then, but nothing great, and not much success coming from the Philadelphian, and Selby, not over committing, but putting a lot of weight behind his counter punches which he lands regularly, and has great spells as Hunter stands, quite statically at times, against the ropes.
In a round in which Hunter is winning, as he stepped up his work rate, took some risks, put Selby under some sustained pressure, broke his rhythm to at least some degree, the challenger loses the achievement of winning the round, as referee Marcus McDonnell, decides that enough is enough, and after several warnings, including an official, final warning, deducts a point.
Bar a close round 10, it not until the final round when Hunter can change the fight, as at least 2 of rounds 9-11 slip away from him, before he won a well boxed but not differential, not relevant final 3 minutes. The final bell goes and there is obviously only one winner.
Lee Selby wins via unanimous decision, all 3 judges score him a wide winner, and he retains his IBF world title.