London 2012 - Yafai's Olympic hopes in tatters

Sat, 12 Nov 14:35:00 2011

Khalid Yafai's Olympic ambitions are in tatters after he failed to make the weight in his box off with British flyweight rival Andrew Selby.

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Selby and Yafai both achieved the London 2012 qualifying standard at the World Championships in Baku, meaning selection would be decided by a best-of-three box-off, starting with two bouts at this week's GB Boxing Championships at York Hall.

Selby, the world silver medallist and European champion, convincingly won their first encounter 26-12 on Friday and then was declared the overall winner after Yafai failed to make the 52kg weight.

The Birmingham fighter, whose close friend James DeGale won Olympic gold three years ago, was one of only two members of the Beijing Olympic team to maintain their amateur status in the build-up to London 2012.

"It is very unfortunate the contest has had to be settled this way because they are great boxers and both deserved to go the Olympics," said British Amateur Boxing Association performance director Rob McCracken.

"It is a great achievement by Andrew, who has boxed superbly this year, but at the same time I am very disappointed for Khalid."

Selby is the fifth boxer to confirm their Olympic selection, joining super heavyweight Anthony Joshua, welterweight Fred Evans, lightweight Thomas Stalker and bantamweight Luke Campbell.

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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