The British Lionhearts has named a five man team from England and Wales for its next home fixture in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) against the Algeria Desert Hawks on Thursday 5 February 2015 at York Hall in London.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.ticketsdirect.org.uk/wsboxing priced £10 adults, £5 children (under 16).
Doors open at 7.00pm and boxing will start at 8.00pm. Tickets will also be available on-the-door at York Hall on the night priced £15 for adults and £10 for children (under 16).
The team includes super-heavyweight, Joe Joyce, and welterweight, Ekow Essuman, who will both be looking to consolidate on good starts to season which saw the pair secure excellent wins in the Lionhearts’ recent away fixture against the Ukraine Otamans.
Joyce’s second round stoppage of Viktor Vykhryst was his ninth victory in 10 WSB bouts and the Londoner will be aiming to chalk-up another win when he returns to his home city next week.
Joyce and Essuman will be joined in the team to face the Algeria Desert Hawks by Welsh lightweight, Joe Cordina, Jack Bateson from Leeds at flyweight and Mancunian, John Newell, at light-heavyweight.
2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Cordina, will be looking for his first win of the season after giving a good account of himself when he lost on points to Oleg Prudkyi in the Ukraine fixture.
Newell and Bateson will both be making their first appearance in WSB and the pair will be looking to emulate the achievement of their Lionhearts’ teammate, Ekow Essuman, who defeated Bogdan Shelestyuk of the Ukraine Otamans in his WSB debut last week in Kiev.
The full team for next Thursday’s tie against the Algeria Desert Hawks is:
The Lionhearts currently sit third in Group A of WSB following a 3-2 win against the China Dragons and a defeat by the same score away to the Ukraine Otamans They face the Morocco Atlas Lions in Casablanca on Friday 30 January (tonight) before returning home to meet the Algeria Desert Hawks next week.
More details on the British Lionhearts 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.