Copper Box to host British Lionhearts vs Cuba in World Series of Boxing

TICKETS are on sale for the British Lionhearts final home match of the season in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) when they take on the Cuba Domodores at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London on Thursday 16 April 2015.

The match will be a chance for boxing fans to see a team from Great Britain, which topped the boxing medal table at London 2012, box against the most successful country in the history of the sport in one of the 2012 Olympics’ iconic legacy venues.

Cuba has produced some of the finest boxers in the history of Olympic boxing and is synonymous with a sport in which it has won 32 boxing gold medals since 1972, despite boycotting the Games in 1984 and 1988.

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Discounted advanced purchase tickets to see the match are on sale now at http://tickets.sky.com/Other/World-Series-of-Boxing priced £10 (lower seating and upper concourse) and £25 (ringside) for adults and £5 and £12.50 for under-16s.

Tickets will be on sale on the night priced £15 and £30 for adults and £7.50 and £15 for under-16s.

The match will be contested over five bouts at light-flyweight (49kg), bantamweight (56kg), light-welterweight (64kg), middleweight (75kg) and heavyweight (91kg) as the Lionhearts look to avenge their 4-1 defeat by the Domodores earlier in the season in Havana.

The teams are expected to feature some of the best boxers in WSB with number one ranked middleweight, Arlen Lopez Cordona, and second-placed heavyweight, Erislandy Savon Cotilla, on course to appear for the reigning champions and league leaders from Cuba.

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For Savon Cotilla it will be an opportunity to make-up for his last appearance in London when he was narrowly defeated in the super-heavyweight competition at the 2012 Olympic Games by Great Britain’s eventual gold medallilst, Anthony Joshua.

Local favourite, Harvey Horn, from east London and Wales’s two-time Commonwealth Games medallist, Sean McGoldrick are expected to appear for the Lionhearts.

At light-welterweight there is a potential clash between boxers ranked sixth and fourth in the WSB rankings with the Lionhearts’, Sam Maxwell, expected to take on Yasnier Lopez Toledo of Cuba.

More details on the British Lionhearts, the match against Cuba and WSB are available at http://www.worldseriesboxing.com/ and by following the team on twitter at @Brit_Lionhearts.

WSB is the only Global Team Boxing competition where national teams go head to head in a league format. Developed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), this unique competition brings together the best Olympic and national boxers in an exciting team format with worldwide appeal. Season V sees 16 teams compete in two groups of 8 with the top 3 teams qualifying for play offs. The boxers compete without vests or headguards in five three-minute rounds. There are five bouts per match and scoring is through the 10-Point-Must-System.

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