Dropping down from bantamweight to flyweight in 2010 after changes to the Olympic weight categories, Andrew Selby made history in 2011 when he and Fred Evans became the first Welsh boxers for 86 years to win European Championship gold. Selby defeated Russia’s Georgy Balakshin 13-10 in the final.
In October 2011, ‘The Welsh Wizard’ Selby lost in the World Championship final, 13-12 to Misha Aloyan of Russia but with Beijing Olympian Khalid Yafai also reaching the London 2012 qualifying standard, a box-off was required.
In November 2011 the pair met at York Hall in Bethnal Green with Selby winning the first match of a best-of- three contest 26-10 before Yafai failed to make the weight for the second bout, automatically handing the Welshman his 2012 place.
When fighting at bantamweight, Manchester United FC fan Selby won European bronze in 2008 in Liverpool and again in Moscow in 2010.