Andy Bell (boxer)
|Real name||Andy Bell|
|Rated at||Super flyweight|
|Born||16 July 1985
|Wins by KO||3|
Andy Bell is a British professional boxer from Doncaster in England. He is the former holder of the English and British super flyweight titles.
Early Professional Career
Andy begun his professional career in November 2004 with a 5th round stoppage over journeyman Steve Gethin at the Mansfield Leisure Center. His next two fights were also held at the same venue and also ended with victories giving him a record of 3-0. A change of venue however coincided with his first loss as a professional losing to fellow prospect Wayne Bloy at the Askern Miners Welfare Club in Askern. A further loss followed the following month in May 2006 when he lost to former victim Steve Gethin, this time it was Bell who ended up getting stopped in the 2nd round. Two more fights in 2006 would end with a win against journeyman Shaun Walton and a loss to prospect Jamie McDonnell. Despite a promising start to his pro career Bell finished 2006 with a disappointing record of 4-3.
Bell's first fight of 2007 was in April and saw him travelling to Shrewsbury where he would compete for the Midlands Area bantamweight title against Neil Marston. For Bell it was his first 10 round fight but it wouldn't end up going the distance when the fight was stopped in the 8th round and Andy Bell was crowned the new Midlands Area champion. Five more fights that year saw Andy claim five more wins and a couple more titles. He beat Mo Khalid to win the British Masters bantamweight title in June and much more significantly stopped Robert Nelson in September to win the English super flyweight crown. In December 2007 he crowned an excellent year by beating former conqueror Wayne Bloy in the first defence of his English crown.
The toughest fight of his career so far took place in March 2008 when Bell fought reigning British champion Chris Edwards for the national super flyweight belt live on Sky Sports. The fight took place at the Barnsley Metrodome and ended with victory for the man from Doncaster who won a unanimous decision over the champion. In November 2008 Bell faced another tough contest when for his first defence he took on former Commonwealth champion Lee Haskins at the Robin Park Center in Wigan again in a bout again shown live on Sky. The fight ended with defeat for Bell as Haskins claimed victory in a close fight over 12 rounds.
Suspension from Boxing
On 13 January 2009 Andy Bell received a six-month ban following a positive drug test which showed traces of cannabis in his system. The test had been taken after the defeat to Haskins and a hearing held to hear the matter took place on 8 January 2009. The case was dealt with by Sports Resolution UK and the Anti-doping panel who decided that Bell was guilty of taking a banned substance. Before the sanction was announced Bell had been due to meet former amateur star Don Broadhurst in a challenge for his Commonwealth title. He returned to the ring on 5 February 2010 only to suffer defeat for the second time in a row to unbeaten prospect Paul Edwards and suffered a further setback, when on 19 March 2009, he was stopped in the first round by the former Bantamweight British title holder Gary Davies at the Leigh sports centre. On 28 May 2010 Bell continued his losing streak, retiring in the 3rd round against John Donnelly in a match up staged at super bantamweight.
- Boxrec | Andy Bell professional record
- Boxingscene.com | Andy Bell can't wait to face Nelson
- Telegraph & Argus | Nelson suffers first defeat
- Britishboxing.net | Super fly Bell bamboozles Bloy
- Britishboxing.net | Super fly Andy in Barnsley belter
- BBC Sport | Haskins is new British champion
- Birmingham Mail | Broadhurst faces mystery opponent after drug test on Andy Bell
- Liverpool Echo | Edwards closing in on domestic title chance
- Liverpool Echo | Merseyside claims hat-trick of dazzling victories
|British Super flyweight Champion
March 28, 2008–November 7, 2008