Lee Selby has defended his title and dedicated the win to his late mother.
Selby, 30, from Wales was scheduled to fight Argentine Jonathan Victor Barros on Saturday and just four days before the bout, the Welsh lost his mother but still decided to continue with the fight.
The 30-year old earned an unanimous points decision of 119-108, 117-110, 117-110 at the Wembley Arena to successfully defend his third title despite Barros inflicting a cut above his right eye early on.
He told ITV after the bout; “I got the win, and I dedicate it to my mother.”
“I told my team not to mention anything, turned my phone off, there were emotions going through me before the fight.
“If I told anyone I would have been strapped up in a straitjacket. I got the win, and I dedicate it to my mother.”
When asked if his mother’s death made him decide to pull out of the bout, the 30 year old said; “No. I’m a fighter and whatever happens I’ll still fight.”
“Nothing in the ring fazes me. It’s a fight. You’re supposed to get cut, and I’ve got the best cuts man in the business, Chris Sanigar”, said Selby when asked if the cut hurt him.
Carl Frampton could be Selby’s next opponent as the former WBA champion was spotted at the ringside and when Selby was asked if he will love the fight, he was quick to say; “He probably fancies it now, it’s a fight I’d love, and all the British fans will love”.