May claims dominant win to take title

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Bunbury's Nathaniel “Cheeky” May has called out IBF World Featherweight Champion Lee Selby after a dominant win to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Title at the Brisbane Convention Centre last night.

May defeated the previously undefeated Aelio Mesquita in the fifth round by technical knock out, having taken control in the fourth after two knock downs.

The 22-year-old dominated the fight, but took complete control late in the fourth when he knocked Mesquita down before winning it early in the fifth.

His only trouble came in the third when a punch from Mesquita clipped his ear, but this only made May more determined and from there he never looked like losing.

May, who know boasts a 19-1 record, wasted little time in letting his intentions known,

“We are hoping to move up in the ranks,” he said.

“I think Selby needs a better opponent than last time, so Selby we are coming for you.”

Trainer Pete Stokes said he was proud of May after the dominant win.

“I keep telling everyone he is the one of the best boxers to come out of Australia for a long time and now the whole world has seen it,” he said.

“It is absolutely awesome.”

May said he was grateful for the opportunity and he hoped to put Bunbury on the map.

“I think our team has shown the world what we can do and where we come from,” he said.

“We’re from this little town called Bunbury.

“No one really knows about it. I’m sure they know about it now.”

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails