World cham­pion boxer pays a visit to Lochaber

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

WORLD feath­er­weight box­ing cham­pion Lee Selby vis­ited the Lochaber Phoenix box­ing gym last Fri­day night to train and meet the lo­cal fight­ers and friends.

There was a huge bonus for the lo­cal club as Lee, who holds the IBF ver­sion of the ti­tle, brought with him his brother An­drew, who was for­merly recog­nised as the num­ber one am­a­teur fly­weight in the world be­fore he turned pro­fes­sional and is now the Bri­tish cham­pion with a world ti­tle elim­i­na­tor sched­uled for the summer.

Or­gan­ised by Alec McPher­son of Speed En­ter­tain­ment, the event proved to be an out­stand­ing success with both box­ers not only show­ing how ac­com­plished they are in the ring but also how pleas­ant and what fan­tas­tic role mod­els they are for young as­pir­ing sports­men and women.

The two box­ers en­tered the packed gym in full train­ing gear with Lee’s IBF world ti­tle belt on dis­play and, af­ter mak­ing in­tro­duc­tions, en­tered the gym’s main train­ing ring and pro­ceeded to go through a gen­tle warm-up of skip­ping and shadow box­ing af­ter which they took each other for a cou­ple of rounds of box­ing pad work. This was only to whet the ap­petite as the two brothers then pro­ceeded to en­gage in a few rounds of spar­ring, dis­play­ing all the abil­i­ties and skills that have taken them to the very pin­na­cle of their sport.

Un­like some suc­cess­ful sports­men, these two Welsh stars have stayed very hum­ble and were ea­ger to pass on as much ad­vice as pos­si­ble to the younger mem­bers of the gym, in­clud­ing en­gag­ing in spar­ring, pad work and tech­ni­cal ad­vice within the con­fines of the ropes.

Un­der­stand­ably, the lo­cal box­ers were thrilled to share a ring with the vis­i­tors as not many box­ers can experience the thrill of spar­ring with world cham­pi­ons.

As if this was not enough, both box­ers then en­gaged in a lengthy sign­ing ses­sion where every­one pre­sent re­ceived ei­ther an auto- graphed pho­to­graph or some of­fi­cial Selby mer­chan­dise dur­ing which the brothers an­swered any and ev­ery ques­tion di­rected to them.

The visit was such a success that both box­ers have stressed that they would love to visit the area again later this year.

This visit was great prepa­ra­tion for the younger mem­bers of the club as they pre­pare for the club’s home show at the Nevis Cen­tre on Satur­day May 13 where, for the first time in quite a few years, the se­nior box­ers will out­num­ber the ju­niors with no fewer than six lo­cal se­niors sched­uled to ap­pear along­side five ju­nior and school­boy box­ers against op­po­nents from all over Scot­land.

Tick­ets for this event can be pur­chased from the venue or con­tact­ing any­one at the club.

Pho­tos: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age

Young Lochaber boxer Max Der­ben­ovs puts in max­i­mum ef­fort in spar­ring with Bri­tish fly­weight cham­pion, An­drew Selby.

Photo: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age

Three cham­pi­ons in one ring, as Cameron Whyte spars with Bri­tish fly­weight cham­pion An­drew Selby, while his brother IBF feath­er­weight world cham­pion Lee Selby watches and gives ad­vice.

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