The British Lionhearts have a chance to guarantee a place in the knockout stages of the World Series of Boxing when they put their unbeaten home record on the line against the group leaders from Kazakhstan this Thursday (7 February 2013) at York Hall in London.
A win for the Lionhearts, who are in third place in group B with 12 points, will guarantee them a passage into the playoffs and a chance to compete for the one million euros first prize.
Tickets are available at www.britishlionhearts.com or can be purchased on the door at York Hall.
London 2012 silver medalist, Fred Evans, and fellow Olympian, Andrew Selby, will both box for the Lionhearts alongside Londoner, Joe Joyce, who is also a member of the GB Boxing Olympic squad.
All three are unbeaten in the World Series of Boxing and will compete alongside lightweight, Sam Maxwell, from the GB Boxing squad and international selection, Babacar Kamara, who will box at light heavyweight.
They will face a strong Kazakhstan team which features the competition’s leading heavyweight and the individual champion from the 2012 season, Filip Hrgovic. The 6’6” Croation is a well-known sporting figure in his homeland and will be watched by the ex-Arsenal and Real Madrid footballer, Davor Suker, who is a keen supporter of the boxer.
It sets-up a mouthwatering heavyweight clash against the Lionheart’s Joe Joyce who is yet to taste defeat in this series of World Series and sits in second place in the individual rankings behind Hrgovic.
Joe Joyce said: “it is going to be my toughest bout of the season but I have trained and prepared well and am going into it in good form. The crowds at York Hall have been fantastic and the atmosphere at our home fixtures has been great so hopefully the team and I will be able to give the crowd something to cheer about again on Thursday.”
The welsh Olympic duo of Evans and Selby will also be looking to protect their unbeaten records as they come-up against Yerzhan Massfirov and Meirblot Toitov respectively.
Fred Evans said: “I missed the last home fixture through illness so am really looking forward to getting back in the ring and competing. The Kazakhs will be a very tough team but we have also have a strong side out so it should be a great match.”
Andrew Selby, who will be looking for his fourth win of the season, added: “I am really settling into the World Series format now and feel that I am starting to find my best form. The atmosphere at York Hall for my last bout was fantastic so I am looking forward to competing their again and hopefully securing a win.”
The full line-ups are:
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan
Established in 2010, the World Series of Boxing is a national team boxing competition made-up of 12 teams from across the world. A match between two international franchises consists of bouts in five weight categories: bantamweight (54kg), lightweight (61kg), middleweight (73kg), light-heavyweight (85kg) and heavyweight (91kg+).
Competitors box without vests and head guards and the World Series Boxing scoring system is based on the ‘ten point must system’. Each bout is decided by the scores of three judges or by a knockout, technical knockout, disqualification or walk over. There are five three-minute rounds in each bout and the team that wins the most number of bouts wins the match.
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