Boxers prove hit for British champ

By Mark Elson in Football

HOME fighters packed a punch as two-time world amateur medallist Andrew Selby was the guest of honour at Lydney Boxing Club’s annual dinner show.

The London 2012 Olympian also won

two European flyweight crowns, making him Wales’ most successful amateur boxer ever, and took the British flyweight title last year after turning pro in 2015.

He was impressed with what he saw from the Lydney boxers at Forest Hills Golf Club in Coleford, with 67kg home boy Brad Preest putting up a great performance in his debut contest against Ethan Thomas of Hope and Glory BC in Pen­rhiwceiber.

Preest took control of the contest with his jab and won on a unanimous decision before being presented with the Light Fantastic Cup for the best junior prospect.

At 69kg, Harvey Moran made his debut against Daniel Shuf of Weston Warriors, using the ring and scoring well with his back hand against the tricky southpaw to win on a split decision.

Western Counties champion Liam O’Hare had the crowd going when he boxed Royal Marine Ryan Bignel in a toe-to-toe 75kg contest, with the home man forcing his rival to undergo a standing count in the second round.

The third round was all action until Bignel was felled by a right hand flush on the chin, forcing referee Mike Hemmings to stop the contest.

For his efforts, O’Hare was presented by WBC International champion Selby, brother of

IBF world featherweight champion Lee, with the shield for the best senior prospect.

Heavyweight Farrell Jobson put up a masterful display to outbox Constantin Raciun from the Hereford BC, winning on a unanimous decision and being presented with the Gavin Childs memorial shield for the best Lydney boxer of the evening.

Harry Jenkins was presented with the trophy for the most dedicated Lydney boxer, but was not happy with referee Hemmings when the official stopped his contest in the third round when it was a round a piece against Evan Jenkins from Bargoed.

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