Andrew Selby

Andrew Selby (Photo: British Lionhearts, Twitter)

Andrew Selby (Photo: British Lionhearts, Twitter)

Barry’s Andrew Selby (b. 1988) is from a fighting family in Barry, his brother Lee a British and Commonwealth champion.

The Splott ABC fighter won European bronze at bantamweight in 2008 and 2010, but really made his name in 2011 after a drop down to flyweight.

In that year he travelled to Moscow where he became the first Welshman in 86 years to win European gold,  and he followed that by losing the World Championship final by a single point to Russia’s Misha Aloyan.

Selby was one of the British medal favourites heading into the 2012 London Olympics, but he had a disappointing Games, losing to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana in the quarter-final.

The Welshman was back to form after the Games, though, excelling for the GB Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing.

He carried that sense of purpose into the 2013 European championships, beating Ireland’s Michael Conlan in the final in Minsk to become the first British boxer to successfully defend the title as he claimed his second successive European gold.

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