Medals in sight for Welsh wonders

03 August 2012 / 22:49

European champions Andrew Selby and Fred Evans extended Great Britain's fine start to the Olympic boxing competition at ExCeL with last-16 victories in their respective flyweight and welterweight divisions.

The Welsh pair each stand one more win from a medal after confident performances, with Evans producing a fine last round to beat Egidijus Kavaliauskas 13-11 and Selby carving a 19-15 verdict over tough Kazakh Ilyas Suleimenov.

Selby said of Suleimenov: "He was a really tough opponent but I was a bit faster that him. I would have liked to have gone in a bit quicker but I did what I had to do. I've sparred him before so I knew what he was going to do, and I got better as the fight went on."

Selby had nudged ahead by a single point at the end of the third round, but countered superbly in the second to increase his lead to four. In a gruelling third, Selby was given a two-point warning for holding, but his accuracy deservedly saw him through.

The 22-year-old from Barry is renowned for being nervous in front of the television cameras but admitted his own nerves paled into insignificance compared with those of his mother Frances, who was present to watch her son for only the second time.

Selby added: "I used to get properly nervous but I'm better now as I've got used to it. My mum hates it. The only time she saw me before, she had to keep going in and out. But I'm sure she was delighted with what happened."