Selby to defend title against unbeaten McConnell

10/04/2013 20:02

Commonwealth featherweight champion Lee Selby (14-1) will defend his title against unbeaten Australian Corey McConnell (11-0-1) on April 20 at Blackpool's Winter Gardens in Betfair's 'The New Life of Brian', live on Sky Sports.

McConnell claimed the Australian title with a points win over Ernie Gonzales Jr in October and will be Selby's first opponent under his new promoter Eddie Hearn.

The Welshman is set for a busy year as Hearn plots a route to a world title shot for the 26-year-old starting in Blackpool and continuing when he co-headlines a huge show in cardiff on June 15 alongside Garvin Rees.

"I can't wait to watch Lee in action and he will have his work cut out against a motivated McConnell," said Hearn.

"McConnell has an exciting style and will come to fight but in my opinion Selby is the new star of British boxing and I'm looking for him to make a major statement in Blackpool."

Brian Rose (22-1-1) fights Joachim Alcine (33-3-1) for the WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title to top the bill in Lancashire with Scotty Cardle (10-0) boxing for his first title, taking on Maxi Hughes (8-0-1) for the Central Area lightweight title.

China Clarke (11-0-1) defends his English cruiserweight title against Blackpool's Matty Askin (14-2) while Team GB stars Callum Smith and Olympic captain Thomas Stalker continue their exciting Pro careers on a stacked undercard which also features Dudley middleweight Ryan "The Tank" Aston.