4 WELSH FLAG FLYERS NAMED FOR WORLDS

Four Welshman have been chosen to represent Team GB at next month’s World Amateur Championships in Kazakhstan, as revealed by the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) earlier today. Olympians Fred Evans and Andrew Selby are joined by fellow podium squad members Sean McGoldrick and Joe Cordina. Although selected by BABA, the quartet will be competing for the Welsh ABA and the rest of Wales’ team will be announced shortly. In 2011, Selby came within a whisker of becoming Britain’s second ever World Amateur Championships gold medallist when he was narrowly outpointed 13-12 in the final against Russia’s Misha Aloyan. The next major international tournament Selby entered was the Olympics and he was unlucky not to medal as he was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carranza who went on to take gold. Selby, a two time gold and bronze European Championships medallist, will be keen to go one step further at this year’s World Amateur Championships and he’s headed in to the tournament in fine form after winning all of his six contests in the World Series of Boxing (WSB). The hot streak saw the 24-year-old from Barry ranked #1 in the WSB’s bantamweight (56KG) division but he’ll move back down to flyweight (52KG) next month. Cardiff’s Evans, 23, hasn’t appeared in a competitive boxing ring since he was stopped by Ukraine’s Dmytro Mytrofanov nine months ago in the WSB. Following that, rumours were rife that Evans was set to turn professional but he’s stayed committed to the amateur system and he is Team GB’s only remaining Olympic medallist. The loss to Mytrofanov in March was at middleweight (75KG) but Evans will return to welterweight (69KG) for the World Amateur Championships. At his last appearance in the World Amateur Championships in 2011, Evans boxed too relaxed and he was knocked out by Lithuania’s Egidijus Kavaliauskas in the quarter-final – a defeat he would later redeem on his way to a historic Olympic silver medal where he displayed his career best form. If Evans wants to add another medal to his tally that includes European Championships gold and Olympic silver then he’ll need to find that form again. 22-year-old Sean McGoldrick from Newport has plenty of big tournament experience after taking a Commonwealth Games gold medal in Delhi, India in 2010 but this will be his first appearance in the World Amateur Championships. The Team GB bantamweight spot is up for grabs after the departure of Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell who has since turned professional and McGoldrick will have to fend off opposition from England’s entrant Gamal Yafai. The youngest of the quartet is Cardiff’s Joe Cordina. The lightweight (60KG) is part of a wide open division after the world’s Pound-For-Pound best amateur, Vasyl Lomachenko, is due to turn professional very soon. Cordina has a stellar domestic record with numerous Welsh and GB championship title wins to his name and he’s medalled at minor international tournaments such as the Tammer Tournament and the Ahmet Comert.

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