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UK Boxing: British Lionhearts; Jason Welborn; Falcao brothers

The British Lionhearts returned to winning ways in tonight’s World Series of Boxing contest at Earl’s Court in London with a 4-1 victory over the German Eagles.

The result means the Lionhearts leapfrog the Eagles to go second in Group B of the World Series of Boxing with nine points and three wins from four fixtures.

Victories for Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans, fellow Olympian Andrew Selby, heavyweight Joe Joyce and Ireland’s European light heavyweight champion, Joe Ward, sealed the win to maintain the Lionhearts’ one hundred per cent home record, following its previous success against Dolce & Gabanna Italia Thunder at Celtic Manor in Wales.

The only disappointment on an excellent night for the British team was a contentious split decision loss for Liverpool’s Sam Maxwell in the lightweight category.

Rob McCracken, Performance Director of the British Lionhearts said: “It was another good performance by the team and I thought all five boxers did very well. Sam was very unlucky to be on the wrong side of a split decision which is a shame because he did well in his debut in the competition.

“To have won three from four and have a 100 per cent record in our home fixtures is a good start in the World Series of Boxing. The boxers are adjusting well to the different format and enjoying the experience.”

The evening began with a promising World Series debut by Sam Maxwell against David Joyce of the German Eagles. Despite getting cut in the first round, the Liverpool lightweight showed a variety of punches and looked to be lasting the pace better but saw the result go against him as the judges awarded the contest to Joyce on a split decision, to put the German team 1-0 up.

Ireland’s Joe Ward soon restored parity with a comprehensive victory over Satula Abdulai at light heavyweight. Boxing behind a fierce jab, Ward dominated the contest from the first bell and won the bout with a technical knockout after the German team withdrew Abdulai with a hand injury at the end of the fourth round.

Wales’ Andrew Selby put the Lionhearts 2-1 up with a unanimous victory in the next contest of the night winning every round against Redouane Asloum on all three of the judges’ scorecards.

It was left to Selby’s fellow Welshman, Fred Evans, to secure the victory for the British Lionhearts with a unanimous win over Vjacaeslav Kerber in the middleweight category to make it 3-1. Heavyweight Joe Joyce made it 4-1 win with a strong performance in front of his hometown crowd against Germany’s Philipp Gruner.

The wins for Selby, Ward, Evans and Joe Joyce mean all four are unbeaten in the World Series of Boxing and have two wins from two contests this season.

Fred Evans said: “It was great to get the win again for myself and for the team. The bout was a bit scrappy and I was not at my best but I eventually got the better of him and it is all part of my learning curve.”

Andrew Selby added: “World Series Boxing is a bit different to what I have been used as an amateur to but I am getting used to it and really enjoying it. You have to pace yourself well as it is a longer contest but I felt I did that well tonight and was still strong at the end. The crowds have been fantastic and it is great to box at home and feel the support.”

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Welborn & Gethin Make Amateur Show Appearance
By Daniel Mole

Jason Welborn and Martin Gethin both appeared at an Amateur Boxing Dinner Show at Walsall Football Club last night (Thursday) as preparations build ahead of their British title fights in the town in January.

Welborn (11-1-0) challenges Birmingham’s British Welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin whilst Gethin (23-3-1) takes on Ben Murphy for the vacant British and Commonwealth Lightweight Titles.

Both fights take place in Walsall, at the Town Hall, on Friday, 18th January so the Black Country pair made the short trip to the Banks’s Stadium to promote their upcoming bouts.

“It was a good night,” said Welborn. “There were 12 really good bouts involving youngsters from all over the Midlands and it was nice to be a part of the evening.”

Welborn and Gethin are both managed by Errol Johnson and have been training together regularly as they prepare for the biggest nights of their boxing lives in the New Year.

“Training has been going well,” added Gethin. “I get on really well with Jason and enjoy working with him. We both know what the other one is going through and how important the fights are to us both. We’re able to help each other through.

“We’re both feeling good and will be 100% ready come fight night.”

Tickets for the Frank Warren Show – in association with EJKO Promotions – are priced at £30 and £60 and are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.
 
The show will be live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).  Join at www.boxnation.com

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Brazil’s Falcao brothers sign for APB

Lausanne, Switzerland, 14 December 2012 – London 2012 Olympic Games Middleweight (75kg) silver medallist Esquiva Florentino Falcao and his brother Yamaguchi, a Light Heavyweight (81kg) bronze medallist in the British capital, have both signed up and committed themselves to compete at the World Level of the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) program.

Two stars of the World Series Boxing (WSB) season one, Esquiva and Yamaguchi both made their marks in the competition representing the Mexico Guerreros with distinction. Both really suited for the pro style, these two talented boxers have all the attributes to make it to the very top. Their addition to the APB ranks will only help elevate the status of the project even further, with two of the most recognisable faces in Brazil set to attract a whole new legion of fans.

23-year-old southpaw Esquiva claimed the Olympic silver medal earlier this year after his sensational run in the tournament saw him reach the final, defeating tough Azeri Soltan Migitinov, accomplished Hungarian Zoltan Harcsa and home favourite Anthony Ogogo along the way before losing out in the gold medal contest to Ryota Murata. Esquiva was also defeated by the Japanese in Baku the year before and as a result he had to settle for a bronze medal at the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships.

Boxing has gained a lot of exposure recently in Brazil and the Falcaos are now synonymous with the sport in the country. It is fantastic to have them both on board the exciting APB project!

Yamaguchi, 25 later this month, won silver at the Panamerican Games last year before a string of quality performances saw him advance to the semi-finals of the Olympic Games. He claimed a bronze in London after losing to eventual winner Egor Mekhontsev of Russia.

AIBA will launch AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) in autumn 2013, a fully professional competition that will still allow boxers to compete at the Olympic Games. APB will revolutionize the world of boxing and establish a blueprint for its development. With a clear and transparent competition structure based only on their performance and a secured plan of career, APB is the best proposal that boxers could expect.