BUENOS AIRES — Gustavo Daniel Lemos scored his biggest career win by hunting down former world champion Lee Selby for a crushing fifth round stoppage at Estadio Luna Park.
Lemos applied heavy pressure from the opening bell, ripping body shots and keeping Selby in constant retreat. Lemos also enjoyed a wide advantage in punching power and physical strength, allowing him to walk through Selby’s shots.
Despite a suffering a bleeding cut outside his left eye, Lemos kept coming. A digging right uppercut and left to the body forced Selby to his knees to close the fourth.
Less than a minute into the fifth, a body left hook had Selby looking for the canvas. Lemon’s follow-up overhand right finished the sequence. Selby rose and made a last stand before succumbing to another right hook downstairs for the third and final knockdown.
The loss is Selby’s first knockout defeat and calls into question the 35-year-old’s ring future. Yesterday’s bout was his first in 16 months, following a split decision loss to current unified lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr in October 2020. Selby has lost three of his last five fights dating back to 2018.
The 26-year-old Lemos improves to 28-0 (18 KOs). The Selby win is his ninth consecutive knockout dating back to 2019.