Lee backs brother Andrew Selby to be as good as he wants

Lee backs brother Andrew Selby to be as good as he wants

Barry Town’s Andrew Selby can be as good a professional boxer as he wants to be, according to his brother and current IBF world featherweight champion Lee Selby (21-1, 8KO).

The younger sibling is set to make his paid debut soon, either on a Premier Boxing Champions [PBC] show in Boston on 10 October or on the Sanigar Events ‘Past. Present. Future.’ show in Newport on 30 October.

Lee, who is due to make his maiden title defence and American debut against Mexico’s Fernando Montiel (54-4-2, 39KO) on 14 October in Arizona, said: “He can be as good as he wants to be. He’s probably one of the most naturally talented boxers I’ve ever seen and I’ve watched boxing for years. He was definitely one of the best amateurs I’ve seen.”

“Oh, they’ll love him [in America]! Especially when he starts showboating and lets his hands go. He blitz it, he doesn’t just box, he puts on a show every time!”

Andrew became one of Britain’s most successful amateurs of all time, competing against the best at the highest level in the bantamweight (56KG) and flyweight (52KG) divisions. The Welshman’s full list of achievements includes World Championships silver and bronze medals and four European Championships medals, two gold and two bronze.

However, Andrew was disappointed to only reach the Olympic Games quarter-finals at London 2012 and exit two Commonwealth Games in the early stages, at Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014 respectively.

Andrew showed glimpses that he’ll thrive as a professional when he competed for the British Lionhearts and Italia Thunder in the International Boxing Association’s [AIBA] World Series of Boxing [WSB] – a half way house between the amateur and professional codes. The 26-year-old only lost a handful of rounds, against Irish nemesis Michael Conland and Kyrgyzstan’s Azat Usenaliev, in ten WSB bouts and it was enough to convince his older brother.

Lee said: “You saw his fights in the WSB. He was 9-0 at one stage but messed up in his last fight and got an injury… but you could see there, he was fighting at an elite level with top opposition, eight ounce gloves, longer rounds and he showed how good he could be.

“He’s had over 200 amateur fights and those fights in the WSB, they’re basically pro fights over five rounds. He’s had 10 fights at a high level, it’s not like he was fighting journeymen like a lot do when they turn pro.”

Andrew is currently training in Los Angeles alongside Lee and awaiting official confirmation of his debut. If it isn’t in America, Andrew will make his debut against Tanzania’s WBO Oriental title challenger Haji Juma (15-7-5, 7KO) over six rounds in Newport on the aforementioned date.

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