Andrew Selby extended his unbeaten run in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) to eight wins last night in Italy with a Unanimous Decision victory over Ukraine’s Kazat Usenaliev. Representing Italia Thunder, Selby started the night of boxing off and his team went on to beat the Ukraine Otamans 5-0 and take their place at the top of Group A. As always, Selby was slippery and Usenaliev struggled to pin the Barry boy down. As Selby conceded ground, Usenaliev pressured but he was kept off balance and punished when he overreached. Usenaliev’s approach became more crude as the bout continued and it played who in to Selby’s hands as he kept his opponent turning to create angles. A key feature of Selby’s game is his switch hitting and it puzzled Usenaliev who cut his left eye from an accidental head clash in round four. The Welshman showed his flamboyance in round five with the Selby shuffle making it’s first appearance of 2014 and he showboated with his hands by his side in the last two rounds which was enough for the judges who all favoured the 25-year-old. It wasn’t to be for Welsh super-featherweight champion Mark Evans (9-1-1, 1KO) who was stopped in the second round of his fight with Southern Area champion Mitchell Smith (8-0, 4KO) at London’s York Hall. The opening round was nip and tuck as Smith stayed loose and stalked behind a snapping jab that put Holyhead’s Evans on to the back foot. The Welshman seemed to be attempting to trying to time Smith’s approaches and ambush his opponent with fast flurries but Smith kept the range and controlled the action. It unravelled for Evans, 32, in the second as Smith landed an overhand right which dropped the Welshman. Not long after rising up, Evans was rushed by Mitchell and forced to the canvas for the second time. When he stood up, Evans gave every indication that he was able to continue but referee Jeff Hinds disagreed and waved an end to the contest, much to Evans’ disapproval.

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