Selby wins Italia Thunder World Series of Boxing debut

21 November 2013 / 17:20

Andrew Selby admits he simply couldn’t turn down a chance to strut his stuff in the World Series of Boxing once again after getting off to a winning start for Italia Thunder.

European flyweight champion Selby put the disappointment of just missing out on a medal at the London 2012 Olympics behind him by representing the British Lionhearts in the 2012-13 World Series of Boxing – finishing the season as the top-rated bantamweight in the competition with six wins from six.

However with the British Lionhearts not competing this time around Selby was forced to look elsewhere and has since joined up with Italia Thunder, alongside fellow GB teammate Joe Joyce.

And Selby looks comfortable in his new surroundings as he helped Italia Thunder beat Argentina Condors 4-1, winning his debut bout against Eduardo Rocha.

Both Selby and Joyce will continue to train on a full-time basis with the GB Boxing squad but Selby insists missing the World Series of Boxing was never an option.

“I really enjoyed being part of the WSB last year and am looking forward to this year’s competition,” he said.

“It helped to keep me sharp after the Olympic Games and I think that contributed to the success I enjoyed in 2013, when I won gold at the European Championships and bronze at the world’s.”

GB Boxing’s Performance Director Rob McCracken added: “World Series of Boxing was very helpful in improving some of our boxers last year, particularly with the rule changes we have seen in Olympic boxing, so it will be good for Joe and Andrew’s continued development to take part in this year’s competition.”

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