Andrew Selby wins historic gold medal


Welshman Andrew Selby has become the first British fighter to successfully defend a European amateur boxing title after beating Ireland's Michael Conlan on a split decision.

Selby, 24, took the flyweight gold and consigned Conlan to silver in the European Champions in Minsk.

The gold means it's Britain's first in Belarus at the European amateur boxing Championships after super heavyweight Joe Joyce and light-flyweight Jack Bateson lost their semi-finals and had to settle with bronze.

Selby's final victory secured a fourth consecutive European medal after winning gold in Moscow two years ago and bronze in 2008 and 2010 and was delighted with the gold medal.

"Words cannot express how I am feeling right now," he told BBC Sport."I have had a few fights with Michael Conlan and he is the toughest I have fought.

"It was a split decision, and it could have gone either way. I am just glad I have got two gold medals now."

Selby and Conlan had met twice before previously with the Welshman winning on both occasions. He beat Conlan in 2011 in their World Championship quarter-final and narrowly won in this year's World Series of boxing.

Meanwhile Ireland's Paddy Barnes had to withdraw from his light-flyweight after X-rays confirmed that he'd broken his nose. He suffered the injury in his first fight of the European Championships but his withdrawal meant he would take home a silver medal with Russian opponent David Aryapetyan sealing gold.

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