Andrew Selby is Looking To Make History in Minsk
Andrew Selby will bid to make history by becoming the first British boxer to retain a European Amateur title in Minsk next month.
The Welsh flyweight is one of a 13-strong elite squad named by GB Boxing on Wednesday for the tournament in the Belarusian capital from June 1 to June 8.
Selby, clinched the title in Ankara in 2011 with a close points win over Russia's Georgy Balakshin, is joined by England pair Gamal Yafai and Charlie Edwards, who have previously won European bronze medals.
But there is no place in the squad for Olympic super-heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who is still mulling over his future options and is yet to sign a contract committing himself to the GB set-up.
And Fred Evans, who joined compatriot Selby in winning gold in Ankara two years ago, is also out of the team as he too considers over his future.
GB performance director Rob McCracken said: "Tournaments at this stage in the Olympic cycle are always tough and this will be a big challenge for the boxers as the Europeans are traditionally one of the toughest assignments in the calendar.
"For a lot of this group it will be their first appearance at a major tournament so it is an opportunity for these boxers to test themselves at the highest level and demonstrate they have the qualities to become one of the mainstays of the GB squad as we build towards Rio 2016."
The squad also includes emerging London super-heavyweight Joe Joyce, who is coming off the back of a successful World Series of Boxing season in which his only loss came against Olympic bronze medallist Oleksandr Usyk.
Boxers will represent their own home nations in the competition and the 13-strong core is expected to be supplemented by further selections from both the Welsh and Scottish associations.
The full GB-selected squad is: 49kg Jack Bateson (Eng); 52kg Charlie Edwards (Eng); Andrew Selby (Wal); 56kg Gamal Yafai (Eng); Sean McGoldrick (Wal); 60kg Joe Cordina (Wal); 64kg Josh Taylor (Sco); Sam Maxwell (Eng); 75kg Aston Brown (Sco); Antony Fowler (Eng); 81kg Lawrence Osueke (Eng); 91kg Warren Baister (Eng); 91kg+ Joe Joyce (Eng).
Looking forward to seeing some of the new British Talent like Bateson and McGoldrickComment by SAJ10 on 05-16-2013
I've said it before imo Andrew Selby is the most naturally gifted fighter in the UK, he can do it all, never any guarantees that gifted amateurs will adapt to the pro's but I'd be very surprised if he didn't…Comment by ukalltheway on 05-16-2013
selby's are doing big things fair play to them :boxing:Post a Comment/View More User Comments (3)