Barry’s Andrew Selby shone on his debut for the Italia Thunder in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) with a classy away win against Argentina Condors’ Christian Eduardo Roda. Last year, Italia Thunder lost out to Astana Arlans Kazakhstan and they strengthened in the off-season with the signings of Selby and Irish pair Paddy Barnes and Jason Quigley. Selby, who was boxing in AIBA’s world championships just four weeks ago, was on form from the first bell and it was a typical masterful performance of skillful switch hitting and unpredictable but flowing movement. Roda, aged just 20, was willing throughout as he attempted to walk down the Welshman but Selby always remained a few steps in front. As happens with most of Selby’s bouts, his opponent pressure fighting suited him and he was able to push back Roda more and more towards the end of the fight as the Argentinian soaked up Selby’s shots. Italia Thunder won the fixture via a scoreline of 4-1 and are third in Group A. The franchise has it’s second away fixture of the season next week when they face Algeria Desert Hawks. Last season, Selby boxed at bantamweight (56KG) for the British Lionhearts who have since folded and he became the tournaments number one ranked boxer at the weight with six solid wins. Now in it’s fourth year, the WSB finally has a flyweight (52KG) division so that Selby doesn’t have to box above his ideal fighting weight. The format of WSB bouts is five-three minute rounds without a vest of head guard and the bouts are judged similarly to the professional ranks by three ringside judges, it’s effectively a half way house between the amateur and professional codes of boxing.

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