Andrew Selby vs Jay Harris

Jay Harris made mandatory to Andrew Selby British flyweight title

Published On Friday, February 15, 2019By British Boxing News

Andrew Selby vs Jay Harris for British flyweight title

Undefeated Commonwealth flyweight champion Jay Harris (14-0) believes he’s finally starting to get the opportunities he deserves after being made mandatory for the British flyweight title.

Welsh star Harris, 28 fro Swansea, is in line to fight for the belt that is currently held by Andrew 'Superstar' Selby (11-0), 30 from Barry, and he’s glad to now be getting recognition for his ability.

He said: “I’m happy to be made mandatory for the British. I’ve worked really hard to get here after a few set backs, but it seems like it’s all falling into place.

“It shows that I’ve made progress and people are now starting to take notice of me. I’m finally getting the opportunities that I deserve.

“Andrew Selby is the champion but if he vacates it’s very understandable as to fight for world honours is a massive achievement, but if it does get made I think it’s a great fight between two of the best flyweights going. 

“It would also be good for Welsh boxing as it shows there is a lot of opportunities coming my way, so we will see what comes of these exciting times.”

Selby hasn't yet defended the Lonsdale belt that he won in May 2016 with a shutout points win over Louis Norman. He has since collected IBF and WBC ranking belts, which has earned him the #1 spot in the WBC rankings - Charlie Edwards is the current WBC World flyweight champion. Selby is also placed at #9 in the IBF and WBO standings.

Purse bids have been called for March 13 with the contest to be held by end of June 2019.

Up first for Harris is a fight in Cardiff on March 1, as he takes on Jaba Memishishi at the Vale Sports Arena.

It’s a packed bill in Wales, which also features Akeem Ennis Brown defending his IBF European super lightweight title against Bilal Rehman.

Jacob Robinson is in action against Jay Harris on the undercard, while the likes of Kieran Gething, Alex Hughes, Sultan Zaurbek and Nurtas Azhbenov are fighting too.

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