Can Lee Selby Make a Mark at Lightweight?

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Jun 3, 2012
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Selby had an excellent run at featherweight, but I feel a part of that was down to the physical advantages he held at the weight -- something he won't have at lightweight. Although to counteract that, he also won't be weakened by the drain down to 126lbs.

Will he compete at world level? Can he beat Campbell, Crolla or even Burns?
 

TheBoxingMadMan

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Mar 24, 2018
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I think a fight against Burns would be a interesting, would give Selby an idea of how well he'll do at the weight. I don't think he'd currently beat Campbell however, after a couple of fights at the weight he might cause him problems.

Crolla looking to fight Lomachenko next. If Selby looks good against Burns then a fight against Crolla once beaten by Loma would be a decent 'step up'.
 
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Oct 21, 2016
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No.

He isn't physically strong enough, despite being weight drained he would still be able to have a physical strength advantage over small featherweight for the earlier rounds.

However,

He and is coach claim he's a. Massive banger at 135 and let's not forget he did spark Stephen Smith once upon a time (something Vargas, Pedraza or Sosa couldn't do.)

Would like to see him be a force but just can't see him competing with the big lads like Commney, Campbell, Mendy, Burns, or having the skillset to trouble Loma.
 
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Jun 11, 2014
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Probably be a little like Scott Harrison moving up two divisions to eventually face Ryan Walsh....obviously he has a completely different style to Scott Harrison and was not as inactive as Harrison.
 
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Jun 14, 2012
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I could see him doing well to be honest. He was big enough at featherweight that two weight jump might not make much of a difference to him and he'll be stronger and healthier for it. The other side of it is that you can have all the skill in the world but if you can't take what's being dished back at you you're pretty much fucked.

I think he could potentially beat a couple of names but don't think he'll win a world title again.
 
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Jun 4, 2013
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I could see him doing well to be honest. He was big enough at featherweight that two weight jump might not make much of a difference to him and he'll be stronger and healthier for it. The other side of it is that you can have all the skill in the world but if you can't take what's being dished back at you you're pretty much fucked.

I think he could potentially beat a couple of names but don't think he'll win a world title again.
I dont think he was badly drained against warrington to warrant moving 2 weights up tbh, montiels feet and pressure gave him fits years before that and i cant see him being big enough to keep someone like ricky burns off him he would get bullied.
 
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Jun 17, 2012
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I think the extra weight should do him some good. Like Bellew, he has such gaunt features at his previous weight, it looks like a stronger and healthier version of himself should perform better.

That said, I am a little surprised that after boiling down for so long, he's skipped the 4lb increase to super feather and gone straight to lightweight. The guys in that category are a different ballgame and although his power should significantly increase, I'm not sure if it will relative to the durability of the guys he will face just yet.