Selby shakes off ring rust to beat aggressive Kazakh

Andrew Selby reached the quarter-finals of the flyweight competition as he edged out Kazakhstan’s Ilyas Suleimenov 19-15 at the ExCeL Arena.
Selby, 23, from Cardiff, the reigning European champion, set a good pace that made for an action-packed contest which was warmly received by the hom fans.

Selby (pictured in blue) took the first round 6-5 and switched between an orthodox and southpaw stance to outfox his game opponent and clinched the second round 6-3. The final round saw Welshman Selby receive a two point deduction for allegedly holding and grabbing behind the head which led to a 7-7 round but he had done enough to take the fight 19-15.
Selby said: “He came out to rough me up from the start but I quickly got on top. My sparring and preparation held me in good stead.
"Like all Kazakhstan boxers he did not take a backwards step. The ref gave a penalty against me but I immediately recovered to hit him with a few good shots.”
Team GB boxing coach Dave Alloway said: "It was a nervous one and his timing wasn't right, but now he has experienced the noise of the crowd he'll get better."
Selby will take on Cuban Robeisy Ramirez Carrazzana in the quarter-final on Tuesday August 7 at 21.15.


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