By David Gold

Andrew-Selby-2008_2512668June 24 - Andrew Selby and Fred Evans made history as the Welsh boxing wonders both clinched gold medals for Britain at the European Championships in Ankara.

Selby took the honours in the 52kg crown with a 13-10 victory over Russia's Georgy Balakshin after a cagey encounter to become only the second Briton to take gold at European level after Luke Campbell in 2008.

His feat was also achieved by Evans, who crushed Belarussian opponent Mahamed Nurudzinau 15-9 after a superb performance in which he ground down his opponent during their welterweight gold medal tussle.

There was also a silver medal for Liverpudlian Tom Stalker, who fell to an 18-10 defeat against Irishman Ray Moylette.

And Charlie Edwards took bronze following his defeat in the light flyweight semi-final to complete a four medal haul.

"It's a dream come true," said Selby.

"I stuck to the tactics and it paid off.

"I trained really hard for this tournament and got my weight down properly with the help of all the support staff.

"It's a massive boost and it's given me the confidence that I can win the worlds now. I've just got to keep doing the weight and keep my head."

GB Boxing's Performance Director, Rob McCracken was delighted and said: "The European Championships is just about the toughest assignment in the amateur boxing calendar so to come away with two gold, one silver and a bronze is fantastic performance and augurs very well for the World Championships later this year and the Olympics in 2012.

"The medal winners have all boxed fantastically well throughout the week and thoroughly deserve their rewards.

"Once again, the team has performed superbly at a major Championship and shown that we can hold our own against the world's top amateur boxing nations."

A delighted Evans added: "I had a very tough Russian in the semis then I had a tough Georgian in the final so I knew I had to be up for it.

"I've been preparing for weeks for this tournament and everything's gone to plan this week.

"I just got my head down and trained hard and got fitter.

"I'm early career in the seniors so when I moved up from juniors I was still in the same routine."

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