Photo by Ciaran Gibbons

AIBA ranked #1 flyweight Andrew Selby missed out on a dream Olympic medal, departing the London games early at the quarter final stages in a tough 16-11 loss to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana. The first round started frantically with Selby throwing stinging combinations to Ramirez’s body but he was finding it difficult to penetrate his opponents guard. The 19-year-old Cuban bided his time and took a 5-4 lead after round one. Barry’s Selby took more risks in the second stanza but he was caught open as he exited exchanges, that saw Ramirez extend his lead to five points heading in to the final round. Knowing his back was against the wall, Selby gave a gallant effort in the final round but despite drawing the round he was unable to turn around the deficit. 23-year-old Selby wasn’t able to add to his historic medal tally (which includes two European bronze, one European gold and one world championships silver) but he could still add medals if he decides to stay amateur when he returns from a break to make a decision on his future. Photo Credit – Ciaran Gibbons.

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