WALES SET OFF FOR THE WORLD

Today, Wales’ squad set off to Kazakhstan for the International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Championships. The draw for the event, which happens every two years, will take place on Wednesday 10th October with boxing commencing the following day and concluding on Sunday 27th October. Out of the 10 available weight categories, Wales have entered six boxers with an average age of just 22 and it will be one of the youngest squads to have appeared at the championships since it’s formation in 1974. Last week BoxingWales reported that Olympic silver medalist Fred Evans, two time European gold medalist Andrew Selby, Commonwealth Games gold medalist Sean McGoldrick and Joe Cordina were selected to represent Wales at the championships. The other two boxers to complete the squad of six are 21-year-old’s Ashley Williams and Zack Davies. Williams, who works full time for the British Army, was awarded the Howard Winestone challenge belt by the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association (Welsh ABA) in September following superb form on the international circuit. Davies enjoyed success at 60KG with a Youth Olympics appearance but this week’s championships marks his first major test at his new weight of 64KG. Splott ABC, GB Army and Cwmgors ABC are represented by Selby, Williams and Davies respectively but St Joseph’s ABC in Newport has a staggering three representatives in AIBA’s World Championships – a feat that shouldn’t go unnoticed and it’s testament to the hard work that club coaches Tony Borg and Bill Reynolds have put in to Evans, McGoldrick and Cordina’s development. The full squad: 49kg, Light-flyweight – Ashley Williams 52kg, Flyweight – Andrew Selby 56kg, Bantamweight – Sean McGoldrick 60kg, Lightweight – Joe Cordina 64kg, Light-welterweight – Zack Davies 69kg, Welterweight – Fred Evans

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