Selby suffers shock defeat at Games

UPSET: Andrew Selby in action against Scotland's Reece McFadden

UPSET: Andrew Selby in action against Scotland's Reece McFadden

First published in Sport

ANDREW Selby suffered a disappointing defeat in the first round of his Commonwealth campaign for gold.

The Barry flyweight - who went into the competition as the world number one ranked 52kg amateur - was considered by many to be the favourite for gold but lost out to Scotland's Reece McFadden by unanimous decision.

The Scot won 29-26 on all three of the judge’s scorecard.

Selby, who was deducted two points after his gumshield repeatedly fell out of his mouth said that he finds it difficult to explain exactly what went wrong.

“Everything went wrong in the third round,” he said. “As soon as the bell went everything went out of the window.

“We knew he was going to run away and try to outbox me because usually I’m on the back foot but I lost the first round, came back in the second and then the gumshield kept coming out.

“I caught it the third time but he took a point off me and then he took another one and I lost it then.”

Selby, 25, admits that McFadden deserved to win but bemoaned his bad luck with the gumshield.

“I had it specially made in Sheffield and I’ve worn it every tournament I’ve been to in the last four years,” he said.

“It’s never come out even in sparring so I don’t know what it was.

“I had pressure on me because I’m boxing for Wales but I didn’t think I’d lose this fight.

“Maybe he just took me by surprise but he deserved the win.

“I thought I was coming back but the gumshield let me down.

“As soon as the points went away from me I was rushing in, I got caught and the fight went away from me.

“I thought I’d win it comfortably but it wasn’t my day.

“I’m in the best shape of my life so I don’t know what went wrong. I can’t explain it really.”

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