The British Lionhearts took a step closer to the semi-finals of the World Series of Boxing tonight with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Mexico Guerreros.
Wins for Andrew Selby, Joe Ward, John Joe Nevin and Joe Joyce sealed the win to continue the Lionhearts strong home form.
It means the British team will go through to the last-four of the competition if they win two bouts in next week’s second leg when Sean McGoldrick, Sam Maxwell, Kaupo Arro, Babacar Kamara and Uaine Fa will box for the Lionhearts in Mexico City.
“It was a great performance tonight from the team however this tie is far from over and the Mexican’s will be a very different proposition at home in next week’s second leg when we will be competing at very high altitude and the Guerreros will field their strongest boxers,” said the British Lionhearts Performance Director, Rob McCracken.
“The team has done very well tonight and got us into a good position but there is no room for complacency and there is still a long way to go in this tie.”
First up for the Lionhearts was Irish light-heavyweight Joe Ward who started strongly and went on to overwhelm Christian Demaj with a show of power punching to secure a unanimous 50-45 victory on all three of the judges’ scorecards.
The Guerreros evened things up following an absorbing middleweight bout, which saw the go-forward style of Conrad Cummings eventually wear-down the counter-punching of the Lionhearts’ Aston Brown to secure a 50-45 win.
Next-up for the Lionhearts was Andrew Selby who restored the advantage of the home side as he eased to his sixth win of the season against Aaron Alameda Lopez to maintain his unbeaten record and his ranking as the best bantamweight in the competition.
He was followed by John Joe Nevin who made it 3-1 to the Lionhearts and secured the victory on the night as he cruised to a comfortable win over Fernando Alvarez Diaz winning every round on all three of the judges’ scorecards.
Heavyweight Joe Joyce rounded the evening off with a unanimous victory over Milutin Stankovic to enhance his growing reputation and take his record for the season to five wins out of six.
All the bouts can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/WorldSeriesBoxing.
The permutations for next week’s second leg, which will be held at an altitude of 2420 meters (7940 feet) in Mexico City, mean the Guerreros will progress to the semi-finals if they win 5-0. A 4-1 victory for the Mexico team will lead to a box-off at light heavyweight. Any other score will see the Lionhearts progress into the semis.
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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