Lee Selby defeats Eric Hunter to retain IBF World Title

Wales' Lee Selby climbed off the canvas to defend his IBF featherweight title with a unanimous points win over Eric Hunter at London's O2 Arena.

Selby, 29, was floored by a left hook in the second round but dominated proceedings thereafter, landing with his right hand almost at will.

American Hunter was deducted a point for low blows in the eighth and was also threatened with disqualification.

Selby, who had never previously been knocked down in either the paid or amateur ranks, said after his victory: "When I got put down it was only a flash knockdown. I've got one of the best chins in the business and I wasn't hurt. He was a good fighter but I was too good for him."

Selby made a confident start but found himself on the canvas in the second round when a peach of a left hook by Hunter caught him off-guard.

Selby regrouped in the third, landing with a volley of big right hands, and it was more of the same in the fourth and the fifth.

Hunter was more competitive in the middle rounds but Selby, boxing on the retreat, continued to land with the more eye-catching shots.

The American's task became more onerous when he was docked a point for low blows in the eighth and in the ninth the referee warned his corner that their man would be thrown out if he continued to flout the rules.

Two of the 29-year-old challenger's three previous defeats were disqualifications, one for low blows.

Hunter did well to make it to the final bell but Selby won comfortably, 115-111, 116-110, 116-110 on the judges' scorecards.

Selby's second successful defence of the title he won last May brings a domestic match-up with Leeds' Josh Warrington a step closer. Commonwealth champion Warrington fights Japan's Hisashi Amagasa next Saturday.

Selby, who now has 23 wins and one defeat from 24 pro fights, is also open to a match with Belfast's IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton.