Andrew Selby

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Andrew Selby
Statistics
Real name Andrew Selby
Rated at Flyweight
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.62 m)
Nationality Welsh
Born (1988-12-25) 25 December 1988 (age 28)
Barry, Wales
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 8
Wins 8
Wins by KO 5
Losses 0
Draws 0
No contests 0

Andrew Selby (born 25 December 1988) is a professional boxer from Barry, Wales, competing in the Flyweight division.

Amateur career[edit]

2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships[edit]

Hailing from Colcot, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Selby claimed a silver medal at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, after he was pipped 13:12 by Russian Misha Aloyan. The tournament was also a qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics with a quarter-final being the usual qualification criteria. However, as Selby wasn't the only Brit in his weight division, he had to wait until later that year to seal Olympic qualification when he met Beijing Olympian Khalid Yafai at the 2011 GB Amateur Boxing Championships. Selby won the fight 26:12, thus sealing a place as GB Boxing's flyweight representative at the 2012 London Olympics.

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Selby's #1 ranking by AIBA meant he was seeded and was given a bye through the first round of the Olympic tournament. His first bout came against Ilyas Suliemenov of Kazakhstan, a stiff test for the Welshman, but one that he passed with relative ease, prevailing 19:15. In the quarterfinal Selby was pitted against the exciting young Cuban Robeisy Ramirez Carranza. He fell short to the eventual gold medalist 16:11, preventing Selby from earning at least a bronze medal.[1]

WSB[edit]

Selby competed in the 2012–13 World Series of Boxing season, representing the British Lionhearts. He boxed six times during his debut season in the WSB, remaining unbeaten throughout.

His first contest of the tournament was a home tie against Daniele Limone of the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales.[2] Selby outclassed the professional Italian and won every round on all three judges' score-cards.

2014 Commonwealth Games[edit]

Selby entered the games as gold medal favourite in the 52 kg Flyweight category, but lost his preliminary contest by a unanimous decision to 19-year-old Scottish boxer Reece McFadden. McFadden won the first round, and Selby took the second to have it all square going into the final round. Selby, however, was docked 2 points in round 3 for his gumshield repeatedly coming out, and as a result, would have needed a stoppage to win. The 3 judges' scorecards read 29:26 at the end in favour of the Scot.

Professional boxing career[edit]

Welsh flyweight Andrew Selby made a dazzling start to his professional career, beating Tanzanian Haji Juma in Newport. Wales' most decorated amateur boxer forced his opponent down in the first and third rounds. Selby then stopped Juma two minutes into the fourth round. Selby, the younger brother to current World IBF Featherweight champion Lee Selby, wants to return to the ring as soon as possible. "It's not confirmed, but I'm trying to have another one or two bouts before Christmas," he said.

Selby is certain he will be ready for a shot at a world title after just 10 professional bouts. Selby, who turns 27 on Christmas Day, won his second professional fight on Saturday with a second-round stoppage of unbeaten Hungarian Jozsef Ajtai. The Barry boxer has a sparkling amateur record and wants to be fast-tracked into the elite level in the paid ranks. "The more I fight the better I perform so hopefully I'll be out again in December," he told Channel 5. "Hopefully I can break records - win a British title, then maybe go for a European or world title straight away. "It's very realistic, that's the plan. After 10 fights I want to go for a world title."Selby's older brother, Lee, fought 21 times before getting a world title shot, beating Evgeny Gradovich in May this year to claim the IBF world featherweight title. Wales' 12th world champion was in the crowd in Bristol as his brother looked a class apart by overwhelming 18-year-old Ajtai, who arrived with a 10-fight unbeaten record. The referee spared the teenager from any more punishment towards the end of the second round as Selby landed with a succession of heavy combinations and faced nothing in return. "I thought we was going to come steaming in at me because he was a smaller guy but as soon as I landed a jab he knew I was too strong for him," said Selby, who is already ranked the fourth best British flyweight. "He went on the back foot and wasn't throwing any punches." With two European Championship gold medals (2011 and 2013) and a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships, Selby is classed as Wales' most successful amateur boxer. He can also boast an unbeaten 10-fight record in the World Series of Boxing, a professional competition open to amateurs, and is convinced he is destined to be a world champion. "I think I can do it," he said. "I think I've got all the talent in the world. I've just got to keep the dedication and train hard."

Professional boxing record[edit]

8 fights, 8 wins (5 knockouts), 0 loss[3]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 8–0 Philippines Ardin Diale UD 10 2017-02-04 United Kingdom Lee Valley VeloPark, London, England Won WBC International Flyweight title.
Win 7–0 Philippines Jake Bornea TKO 7 (12) 2016-11-18 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England Won IBF Inter-Continental Flyweight title.
Win 6–0 Nicaragua Felix Moncada TKO 5 (10) 2016-10-21 United Kingdom Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
Win 5–0 United Kingdom Louis Norman UD 12 2016-05-14 United Kingdom Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff, Wales Won vacant British Flyweight title.
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Brett Fidoe TKO 6 (8), 1:57 2016-03-11 United Kingdom Newport Centre, Newport, Wales
Win 3–0 Nicaragua Everth Briceno PTS 6 2015-12-05 United Kingdom Westcroft Leisure Centre, Carshalton, England
Win 2–0 Hungary Jozsef Ajtai TKO 2 (8), 2:07 2015-11-14 United Kingdom City Academy Sports Centre, Bristol, England
Win 1–0 Tanzania Haji Juma TKO 4 (8), 2:29 2015-10-30 United Kingdom Newport Centre, Newport, Wales Professional debut

Personal life[edit]

Andrew Selby is the younger brother of current British, Commonwealth, European and IBF World Featherweight champion Lee Selby.

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