Barry’s Andrew Selby became the first British fighter to defend a European amateur boxing title after beating Ireland’s Michael Conlan on a split decision to win flyweight gold in Minsk, Belarus today.
Selby, 24, the younger brother of British featherweight champion Lee and trained by Tony Borg in Newport, produced all his best skills to outbox Conlan in the final, and he had to! The Irishman is top class and a hard fighter to beat. But in the end despite a determined display he had to settle for silver against an inspired Selby, who proved the better on the day.
The gold is Britain’s first in Belarus after super heavyweight Joe Joyce and light-flyweight Jack Bateson lost their respective semi-finals to win bronze.
Special mention for Irish Bantamweight John Joe Nevin who boxed to perfection to win gold on what a day of mixed fortune for the Irish boxing team. Nevin beat south paw Nikola Butsenko. Unfortunately light-flyweight star Paddy Barnes was forced to withdraw from the competition after suffering a broken nose in his first contest. But Barnes will take home a silver medal, with Russian opponent David Aryapetyan sealing gold.