By George Willoughby
There were title aspirations for Welshman Andrew Selby when he faced off against Julio Cesar Martinez in Mexico. But, a fifth-round stoppage has left his chances in a precarious position.
A victory for Selby could have seen him face the current WBC world flyweight champion Charlie Edwards.
Heading into the bout, Andrew Selby was previously undefeated, sporting a perfect 11-0 record. Unfortunately for the man from Barry, he hit the canvas after being caught with a left-hand counter to the body. Despite his best efforts, the 30-year old was unable to beat the count and subsequently tasted defeat for the first time at a professional level.
Even more frustrating was that he was ahead on the judges’ scorecards prior to the knockdown.
The defeat comes in the early stages of Selby’s pro career, but the implications in regards to a title shot could be significant. He will undoubtedly have to secure a few more victories to get back into contention, so it is important he remains optimistic.
Selby transitioned onto the professional scene relatively late in his career, with his debut dating back to late 2015. As a result, he became one of Wales’ most decorated amateur boxers, with hundreds of fights and numerous medals to show for.
He needs to use all his experience from the amateur level, whether it be from victory or defeat, to help bounce back from this disappointing loss in Mexico.
Selby was only one win away from becoming the mandatory challenger for Charlie Edwards’ title belt, meaning he is far from being out of the discussion for future championship fights.
Andrew Selby has long lived in the shadow of his older brother Lee Selby who was the former IBF Featherweight champion. Andrew should take great heart from the fact that Lee himself lost his fifth professional fight and that didn’t deter him from title glory.
Yes, no-one wants to lose, especially in boxing where a large emphasis is placed on being undefeated, but one loss does not determine a boxing career. Andrew will have to come back tougher, stronger and hungrier than ever if he wants to follow in his brother footsteps and claim a world title.