17 Facts About Lee Selby


Lee Selby was born on 14 February 1987 and is a retired Welsh former professional boxing world champion who competed from 2008 to 2022.


Lee Selby held the IBF featherweight title from 2015 to 2018, and previously the British, Commonwealth, and European featherweight titles between 2011 and 2014.


Lee Selby won his next three fights before beating Dai Davies for the Welsh Area title on 30 October 2010 claiming the belt with a second-round knockout.


On 17 September 2011, Lee Selby claimed the British and Commonwealth titles with a win over then champion Stephen Smith via an eighth-round stoppage at the Olympia in Liverpool.


On 20 April 2013 Lee Selby dismantled the former unbeaten Australian champion Corey McConnell.


On 13 July 2013, Lee Selby took another step towards a world title shot when he faced in Hull the unbeaten Romanian boxer and ranked at fourth by the WBC, Viorel Simion, and won the WBC International featherweight title with a unanimous decision victory.


In May 2015, Lee Selby won the IBF featherweight title from Evgeny Gradovich.


Lee Selby retained his IBF featherweight title in October 2015 with a win over Mexican Fernando Montiel in Arizona.


Lee Selby dedicated the win to his childhood friend Darren Bray, who had recently died.


In July 2017, Lee Selby made his next defence of his IBF featherweight crown.


Just weeks before the fight, Lee Selby received shocking news of his mother's sudden death in Wales, and his family urged him to pull out of the fight.


Lee Selby decided to continue training days later, and dedicate the fight to his mother.


On 19 May 2018, Lee Selby defended his IBF featherweight title for the fifth time, against unbeaten Josh Warrington.


Lee Selby suffered a bad cut over his left eye in the sixth round, but was allowed to continue the fight.


Warrington managed to be busier than Lee Selby and landed cleaner shots through most of the fight.


Lee Selby announced his retirement from boxing on 5 April 2022.


Lee Selby is the brother of GB Boxing's 2012 Olympic flyweight representative Andrew Lee Selby.