22 June 2020

Welsh flyweight Andrew Selby retires, aged 31

Welsh world title hopeful Andrew Selby has announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 31.

The Cardiff-born flyweight, who won European titles and medalled at the world championships as an amateur, was beaten by Julio Cesar Martinez by fifth round TKO in March last year.

Selby was considered one of Britain's brightest prospects as an amateur (PA)

And despite two victories since then, Selby has decided now is the time to end his career as a fighter.

Taking to Facebook, he said: "Just to let everyone know I've given up the boxing game.. thank you for the fans..sponsors."

Selby is the younger brother of former world champion Lee Selby who is still fighting despite being two years older.

After hearing about his retirement, former super-featherweight champion and fellow countryman Barry Jones said: "With hearing of the retirement of Andrew Selby, it’s a harsh reminder that even though talent is essential it is still only a small piece of the puzzle that makes a Champion.

"Luck  is the biggest piece and Andrew had none of that."

The best videos delivered daily

Watch the stories that matter, right from your inbox