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January 21, 2014

AWE TO AIR EURO FEATHERWEIGHT CLASH LIVE IN USA

Press Release: Lee Selby and Rendall Munroe will battle for the vacant European featherweight title as well as Selby's British title, and the fight will air live in the United States on AWE. The main event will headline a full fight card in Cardiff, Wales with the U.S. broadcast on AWE and www.awetv.com starting at 3 pm ET / Noon PT. The co-feature matches ex-WBA 140-pound titlist Gavin Rees against Gary Buckland in a twelve-round lightweight bout.

The European feathewrweight title was vacated last year by Alexander Miskirtchian.

Selby of Barry, Wales has a record of 17-1 with six knockouts. The 26 year-old turned professional in 2008 and is on a 13-fight win streak which includes a slew of quality victories over the likes of Stephen Smith (12-0) to win the British Featherweight title; Patrick Okine (11-1-1) to win the Commonwealth Featherweight title; Martin Lindsey (20-1); Corey McConnell (11-0-1); Viorel Simon (16-0) and in his last bout Selby scored a 12 round unanimous decision over Ryan Walsh (16-0-1) on October 5, 2013 to retain his British and Commonwealth titles.

Munroe of Leicester, England has a record of 27-3-1 with 11 knockouts. He won his first ten bouts as a pro and then came up short in an attempt to capture the British featherweight from Andy Morris (13-0). Munroe then went on a roll where he won 11 straight which included 2 wins over current IBF 122-pound titlist Kiko Martinez. The first win was for the European 122-pound titlse and Munroe made six defenses of the title with wins over Arson Martirosyan (12-1) and Simone Maludrottu (30-2). The win over Maludrottu doubled as an elimination bout that forced a final eliminator bout with Victor Terrazas (26-1-1).

Munroe was up for the challenge as he stopped Terrazas in nine rounds to set up a WBC title fight vs. Toshiaki Nishioka. Munroe traveled to Japan and came up short in his first shot at a world title.

Munroe was not deterred as he won three straight to set up a shot at fellow Brit Scott Quigg (24-0) for the WBA belt. Munroe was cut in the third round of their contest, which set up a rematch that saw Quigg score a sixth-round stoppage. Since that fight, Munroe has won three in a row which includes a decision win over Pavels Senkovs on November 2nd.

In the co-feature, Rees of Newbridge, Wales will look to get back in the title picture. He has a record of 37-3-1 with 18 knockouts.
Rees won the WBA 140-pound regular title via decision over Soulemayne M'baye. Rees dropped the title in his first defense as he was stopped in the final round against Andriy Kotelnik.

Rees went on to win eight fights in a row and capture the European lightweight championship. He defended the crown four times before coming to America where he was stopped by Adrien Broner in five rounds. Rees will be looking to get back in the column after losing a twelve-round majority decision to Anthony Crolla on June 29, 2013.

Buckland of Cardiff, Wales has a record of 27-3 with 9 knockouts. He won 18 of his first 20 fights. Buckland has wins over Derry Matthews (23-4); Gary Sykes (16-0) and Stevie Bell (18-2-2).
Buckland won the British 130-pound title with a twelve-round unanimous decision in a rematch with Sykes.

He defended the title twice with wins over Paul Truscott (18-2) and Stephen Foster (30-3-1) before dropping the title in his most recent outing via stoppage loss to Stephen Smith (16-1) on August 17, 2013.

"This is a great doubleheader to start our 2014 boxing program", said AWE President Charles Herring. "These will be exciting fights and it will be a great afternoon of boxing."




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