RESULTS ROUND-UP: SELBY, WILLIAMS, REES AND COOK

Andrew Selby’s final appearance in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) ended with a stellar points victory over Azerbaijan’s Elvin Mamishzada. The pair had originally fought in the European Championships in June with Selby winning a Split Decision and although Selby won the rematch more clearly, it was again a competitive contest. Mamishzada best session was the third round but all three judges scored in favour of Selby, via scorecards of 50-45, 50-45 and 49-46. The Welshman, who represented GB Lionhearts last season and Italia Thunder this season, has won forty-three of the forty-five rounds he has competed in and he leaves the competition with nine wins from nine outings. In his time in the WSB, Selby has achieved a number one ranking in consecutive seasons, at bantamweight and flyweight respectively. There were two up and coming Welshmen continuing their education on the undercard of Enzo Maccarinelli’s unsuccessful challenge to WBA world champion Juergen Braehmer in Rostock, Germany. Liam Williams (9-0-1, 4KO) stopped the normally durable Yuri Pompilio (5-9-2, 1KO) in the last round of their scheduled eight rounder. The light-middleweight from the Rhondda based all of his work behind his jab and the educated pressure was effective. It allowed Williams to get the rounds he needed, plus a stoppage to boost his confidence and please the punters. Unfortunately for Wales’ welterweight champion, Lewis Rees‘ (9-0-1, 5KO) move down a weight category didn’t start well as he drew with France’s Renald Garrido (11-7-1, 2KO). The 24-year-old Welshman weighed in his career lightest at 10st 1lbs and it was expected that the move would allow him to impose his size and strength. However, Rees fought on the back foot and Garrido was as game as he always is, giving Rees his first career blemish. Welterweight Jason ‘The Power’ Cook‘s (30-6-1, 16KO) second bite at the Prizefighter tournament cherry never got going as he was out-pointed at the quarter-final stage by eventual winner Johnny Coyle (6-0-1, 2KO). Coyle opted to circle Cook, staying away from the Welshman’s renown power and it paid off for Coyle who gave the Celtic champion a count in the final round, although Cook wasn’t hurt. A loss in the quick-fix three round formatted tournament doesn’t do any damage to Cook’s career and the 39-year-old can still contest meaningful titles.

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