Olympic hurt still lingers inside Selby ahead of worlds

12 October 2013 / 10:46

British boxer Andrew Selby is taking it upon himself to ensure he never feels the way he did after the London 2012 Olympics last summer again.

The 24-year-old is currently in Kazakhstan for the AIBA World Boxing Championships but admits his Olympic disappointment hasn’t subsided.

A lot has happened since Selby lost in the flyweight quarter-finals to eventual gold medallist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba at the ExCeL 14 months ago.

He became the first Brit ever to defend a European amateur title in Minsk in June and is currently the world No.1 in the flyweight category.

Selby also fights in Almaty having lost in the final of the last World Championships in Baku in 2011 by a single point to Russian Misha Aloyan.

However not being able to do what Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell, Fred Evans, Anthony Ogogo and Nicola Adams did and win an Olympic medal in London still grates.

And the Welshman is making himself personally responsible that his decision to continue to the Rio 2016 Games results in gold in every way, shape and form.

“I don’t think I’ll ever get over my loss at the Olympics. It’s why I became a boxer, to go to a Games and get a medal, but I couldn’t do it and it still hurts to think about it,” said Selby.

“I want to go to Rio and get a gold medal. I have established myself as the world No.1 now and it is up to me to keep winning and make sure I go to the next Olympics with the best possible chance.”

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