AT the beginning of the Commonwealth Games if you had asked me to bet my life savings on one man to win the boxing tournament, I’d have bet it all on Andrew Selby. He was probably the hottest favourite, out of the men, to win gold. But it’s lucky I have no money as the world number one at 52kgs suffered a shock defeat on the first day of the competition.
Scotland’s Reece McFadden took the glory of a unanimous points win over Selby but referee Yasar Cinar’s interventions in the last round stirred controversy. The first round was close, Selby won the second and then in the third the Welshman’s mouthguard kept tumbling out, even as he tried to cram it back in. It didn’t look deliberate to me but the referee twice handed him points deductions and Selby crashed out of the tournament 29-26 on all three cards.
“When the gumshield kept coming out, it all went out the window. I just lost it really,” said a stunned Selby. “It came out twice, I caught it the third time but he still took points off me. He took them off again because it came out again. I didn’t think that was going to happen.