Advertisement
Advertisement

Andrew Selby Says Mum is Under More Pressure Than Him

Andrew Selby insists the pressure of heading into the London Olympic Games as one of Great Britain's brightest boxing medal prospects is nothing compared to the torture being endured by his mother Frances on the sidelines.

Selby, from Barry, was crowned European champion last year and followed it up by winning a silver medal at the World Championships in Baku - where he was beaten by a single point by Russia's world number one Misha Aloian.

But Selby revealed his mother could not bear to watch any of it because she is terrified of seeing her two boys - Selby's brother Lee is a professional and the reigning Commonwealth featherweight champion - in action.

"My mum watched me once years ago, but apart from that she's only ever seen me on TV," he said.

"I've persuaded her to come to London for the Olympics, and there's no doubt she'll be under more pressure than me.

"She did go and watch my brother's last fight and she survived, but she was really nervous.

"It's really difficult for her to watch us box so I've just got to make sure I win in a way that will keep her as calm as possible."

Selby battled weight-making issues for years and threatened to slide away from the British elite scene entirely after a hugely disappointing defeat to Amir Khan's brother Haroon - who was representing Pakistan - in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Selby's amazing turnaround has not come without its issues and the Welshman admits he is no stranger to nerves of his own - particularly when his new-found profile means he become the inevitable subject of media scrutiny.

Selby added: "I've started to get used to the interviews now. Usually I would collapse if I saw a camera.

"I still think getting in the ring is the easy part. I've got experience of the big occasion and the fact it's in London is not going to get to me at all."

Tags: Amateur Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Fishkie on 07-25-2012

Go on Selby Boy!! Box to ur full potential and theres a medal for team GB for sure.

Comment by UnicornGirl on 07-25-2012

[QUOTE=Uncle Rodge;12370232]Aye. I'm going to be paying close attention to Joshua. Hopefully he'll keep up his form from the World Amateurs?[/QUOTE] Joshua is the future. American Heavyweights is gonna be dead for another 10 years after K2 leaves, because Price…

Comment by Uncle Rodge on 07-25-2012

[QUOTE=yoz;12370221]Looking forward to all the Olympic boxing - ESP. Super/heavyweights[/QUOTE] Aye. I'm going to be paying close attention to Joshua. Hopefully he'll keep up his form from the World Amateurs?

Comment by yoz on 07-25-2012

[QUOTE=Uncle Rodge;12370216]Your Mum can't help you in the ring Selby, lol! Get your head down and Keep the gold in the UK! Best of luck to the whole squad. WAR TEAM GB!!!!![/QUOTE] Looking forward to all the Olympic boxing -…

Comment by Uncle Rodge on 07-25-2012

Your Mum can't help you in the ring Selby, lol! Get your head down and Keep the gold in the UK! Best of luck to the whole squad. WAR TEAM GB!!!!!

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines British Boxing Update: Nick Blackwell, Ryan Fields, Welborn Hatton Warns Khan: Canelo Puts on Huge Amount of Weight Ismael Barroso - Never Too Late to Arrive Video: Hopkins Sounds Off on State of Boxing, Mayweather, More Video: Canelo Slams Gennady Golovkin, Talks Khan Clash De La Hoya: To Those Who Know Boxing - Khan is HUGE Favorite Video: Bernard Hopkins Details The Need For Golovkin vs. Kovalev Amir Khan Will Not Rule Out Fighting Gennady Golovkin Next WBC President Outlines Canelo/Golovkin/Khan Title Resolution De La Hoya on Khan: I'm Actually Nervous For Canelo Video: Canelo vs. Khan Final Press Conference De La Hoya: I Won't Vote Trump, He Cheated Me in Golf Video: Bernard Hopkins Tells Golovkin To Follow His Lead Jose Benavidez-Francisco Santana in Play For Crawford-Postol Khan: If Trump Wins, Might Be Last Fight For Me, Canelo at MGM Photos: Canelo, Khan Face To Face at Final Presser Breazeale Warns Joshua: Prepare For War, I'll Be Guns Blazing Broner Describes Troubles Making Weight For Theophane Fight Canelo To Golovkin: Earn Your Shot, Work Your Way Up! Joshua: “Showtime is three or four years ahead of the game” Hopkins: No Excuses, Golovkin Should Fight Kovalev! Joshua To Breazeale: Back Up Talk, Don't Be Like Other Americans Adrien Broner Voting for Trump: He’ll Lower My Taxes Hughie Fury Set To Return on Fury-Klitschko Rematch Bill, July 9 Video: Anthony Joshua Pumped For Breazeale Title Defense Video: Breazeale Confident Anthony Joshua is Going To Sleep Video: Joshua, Breazeale Go Face To Face and Trade Words Video: Joshua, Breazeale, SHO Press Conference Highlights Khan: I Won't Run For 12, I Will Stand and Trade With Canelo TMT Adds Gavril, Rakhmanov To ShoBox Card on May 13th Photos: Anthony Johsua, Dominic Breazeale Tense Face To Face Amir Khan: I Think It's Great To Be The Underdog Barroso's Adviser: If Crolla Tries To Trade, He Will Get KO'd Quickly Showtime Inks Anthony Joshua To Multi-Fight Deal Anthony Joshua's Promoter Plots Out Next Fights After Breazeale Butler vs. Kokeitgym Title Eliminator Set for June 4 Canelo Doubts Khan Will Switch Style, Create a Boring Fight Gassiev's Promoter Rates Povetkin's Chances WIth Wilder Crolla: There Are Questions, I'll Find Out How Good Barroso Is Nathan Cleverly To Feature On Burns-Di Rocco Bill
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement