Andrew Selby to miss Commonwealth Games

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Andrew Selby, the first British boxer to successfully defend a European amateur title, has been told he will not be allowed to compete in next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

The flyweight, 24, who was hoping to represent Wales, recently signed up to a new agreement for professional fighters which allows them to maintain their Olympic eligibility. However, the contract does not extend to the Commonwealth Games.

Selby will be allowed to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, as well as any qualifying tournaments, alongside his commitments to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Pro Boxing setup next year.

Speaking about the decision to allow certain pro competitors to box in the Olympics, a statement from the International Boxing Associations said: "AIBA is offering boxers an innovative opportunity to turn pro. Boxers will get the unprecedented opportunity to compete in a pro-style individual competition - APB [AIBA Professional Boxing] - whilst retaining their Olympic eligibility.

"This will bridge the gap between open (amateur) and pro boxing as it is proved to be the best way to bring the sport of boxing back to a mainstream position.

"At the same time, introducing this new mechanism, AIBA will help to bring new faces to the AOB [AIBA Open Boxing] competitions, giving room for new talents to compete in national championships."

Selby won his second European amateur title in Minsk earlier this month, after beating Ireland's Michael Conlan on a split decision.

The flyweight gold medallist, who also won silver at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, missed out on success at London 2012, losing to Cuba's Robeisy Ramirez Carranza in the quarter-finals, provoking his desire to try again in Brazil. 

He also represented the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing tournament during the 2012-13 season.

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