UK Prospect Of The Year 2015
British boxing is officially booming with 12 fighters holding claim to a version of a ‘world’ title. But which young boxer is set to follow their lead? Boxing Monthly’s online team select their picks for the UK ‘prospect of the year’ in the first of our 2015 awards.
Andrew Selby is a 3-0, 27-year old flyweight who you can't wait to watch next. He makes boxing look easy. The movement, the combinations, the speed, the show-boating... a superstar in waiting. Shout outs to Josh Taylor, Zelfa Barrett, Ohara Davies and Marcus Morrison. - Shaun Brown.
More high profile fighters have made their mark but I’ve chosen a fighter who has built himself up without the luxury of exposure on national television. Zelfa Barrett fought five times during his first full year as a professional and showed more than enough to suggest he has a big future in the sport. Barrett is rangy, skilful and recorded one of the knockouts of the year last time out against Ismail Anwar. The fact that Anthony Crolla and Joe Gallagher have used the super featherweight extensively for sparring speaks volumes. - John Evans.
The criteria set was ‘yet to win a title’ and Hughie Fury has returned after his medical lay-off and is looking good to go. If he hadn't picked up that ridiculous bauble then Dillian Whyte would be a good choice (even after the defeat to Joshua) and I think Gamal Yafai is worth of a mention, too. - Colin Harris.
Flyweight is a favourite division of mine and to see a UK fighter make an impact in the deep waters of the 112lbs ranks would be something special. Andrew Selby was an incredible amateur and he has made a big impact in such a short space of time since turning to the professional ranks in October. His most recent victory over former world title challenger Everth Briceno was impressive. - Danny Winterbottom.
He’s only had three professional bouts, but Andrew Selby has the pedigree to go far and follow in the footsteps of the great Jimmy Wilde in becoming a Welsh World Flyweight Champion. I’d throw in a note of caution though – Selby has stated he wants to fight for a world title by his tenth fight, but for me that is too quick – he needs to fully adjust to the pro ranks first and be matched carefully. - Luke Williams.
Many already consider Anthony Joshua a contender, if not a top ten heavyweight. But the young man is only 15-0 and yet to face a top-rated big man, so in my view he still qualifies as a prospect. British boxing a red hot at the moment and there is plenty of talent coming up, but Joshua looks like he could be something special. Look for him to make the move from prospect to top ten contender in 2016. - Michael Montero.
It may seem ridiculous to pick a fighter who made his debut in October as prospect of the year but such is the impact that Andrew Selby has made, it's hard to pick against him. His three opponents had a combined record of 60-21-7. Amongst them was former world title challenger, Everth Briceno. Selby - younger brother of IBF featherweight champion Lee - appears to have everything required to be future star. Flyweight is booming in Britain at the minute and Selby looks like he may be the pick of the bunch. - John A MacDonald.
The last few months have been rough for British prospects. Luke Campbell and Mitchell Smith both suffered losses late this year, while Jack Catterall, successful as he was, looked shaky at times in his last two bouts. Marcus Morrison may seem like a pick out of leftfield, but he went 6-0 in 2015 and certainly made himself a name to watch in 2016. - Shawn Smith.
Andrew Selby has turned a few heads. He had a terrific record as an amateur, has the backing of the Sanigars [who already have brother Lee Selby and Lee Haskins as ‘world champs’] and should be one to keep an eye on. - TKO Radio.
Andrew Selby has all the tools to follow his brother to the top. I'm not sure if he should be rushed to world title fights before his 10th pro outing (as many are speculating). I'd like to see him win confidently and stay at the top, rather than win a fringe title and drop back down. Certainly world title material. - Paul Zanon.
With intelligent management, Andrew Selby has the raw materials and boxing pedigree to be world class. His corner needs to tread the thin but crucial line between rightly capitalising on recent successes while also aiming for longevity overall. But Selby’s speed, power, and skill in the ring make him one to watch in the future. - Jessi Jackalope.
As much as it pains me to follow the crowd, Andrew Selby is just too good to ignore. He has the DNA, amateur schooling and the skill set to be a real problem very quickly. It also helps that he is guided by the experienced Chris Sanigar. Pay attention, this kid will live up to the hype. - Callum Rudge.
Boxingmonthly.com ‘UK Prospect Of The Year 2015.’ – Andrew Selby.