LIGHTNING Lee Selby looked a flash in pan in his new lightweight division after he was gifted a bloody points win over Omar Douglas.
Nine months ago the 32-year-old Wales hero lost his IBF featherweight title to Josh Warrington and reacted by leaping up two weight classes.
But the super-talented Barry boy always lacked concussive power at 126lbs and definitely didn’t find it up at 135lbs, finding himself a blood-drenched winner at the end of 12 miserable rounds.
Douglas, 28, went hunting for a shock first-round KO with a string of looping left hooks.
But his most offensive looking weapon looked like being his giant dread-locked ponytail that could pack a punch if swung in the right direction.
In round two, a right hand from Douglas landed and welcomed Selby officially to his new division, with Douglas’ corner whooping at the success.
A clash of heads then opened up a cut on the corner of Selby’s left eye, the Barry boy looked to referee Bob Williams after the offence but no action was taken.
At the start of the third, a right counter stiffened Selby’s legs a for a split second and a jab moments later landed flush and spread the blood more evenly around his face.
Selby's best shot of the night was a straight right at the start of the fourth. But every close encounter caused the blood flow from his eye to grow, along with Douglas’ confidence.
Another straight right from Selby looked promising but Douglas, nicknamed Super O, swallowed it whole without so much as a grimace.
By the start of the eighth round, Selby’s desperate team were working on a second, less severe, cut on the opposite eye. Everything appeared to be going against the blood-soaked Brit.
Selby dreams of title fights and mammoth paydays against lightweight kings like Vasyl Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia.
But the harsh reality he wakes up to on Sunday morning is he looks nowhere near their level.
Caked in Vaseline, Selby threw caution to the wind for the final two rounds and tried to land a comeback stoppage win.
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But Douglas, who entered the O2 with a record of 19-2, soaked up his sporadic pressure and pounded back on his leaking wounds.
The Delaware ace kept chasing Selby around the ring, peppering with shots and pestering him with a relentless work rate.
By the end, it looked like Selby with gashes at the edge of both eyes, was crying blood, his cheeks completely covered, his career looking close to the end.
But ranker outsider Douglas, who flew in from Delaware, was robbed for his troubles with the baffling judges scoring it 116-112, 116-112 and 115-114.
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