Struggling British Lionhearts and Ukraine Otamans seek WSB lifeline in London
Week 9 in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) begins with an intriguing clash at London’s York Hall as British Lionhearts host Ukraine Otamans.
Both Franchises have been in poor form recently, with the British team having lost six of their last seven WSB matches, while Ukraine have only won one of their last five fixtures.
This is perhaps the last chance for the Lionhearts to climb the table and build momentum for a strong finish to the Regular Season, and the Otamans need this victory to stay level with the top teams in the group.
York Hall, London is the venue for this Group A clash, where on Thursday 12th March fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 20:00 GMT at AIBABoxingTV.com.
British Light flyweight (49 kg) Ashley Williams has lost all three of his WSB matches this season, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist faces a tough return to action against Uzbekistan’s 4-0 number two ranked Hasanboy Dusmatov.
An excellent Bantamweight (56 kg) clash follows between 2-1 home star Qais Ashfaq who has won both of his home matches in Season V, and 2-1 Mykola Butsenko.
Lionheart Light welterweight (64 kg) Samuel Maxwell started his campaign superbly with two successive victories, but like his Franchise he has found WSB tough going recently, and has lost his last two matches.
Maxwell will aim to return to form in London as he faces Ukrainian debutant Mger Oganisian who aims to become to the first Otamans boxer to win at the weight class this season.
Britain’s Anthony Fowler has been one of the best boxers for his team so far in WSB, and the 3-0 Middleweight (75 kg) is on the cusp of a top five ranking in the weight class.
The AIBA World Championships bronze medalist fights the number three ranked Uzbek Hurshidbek Normatov who competes away for the first time in Season V.
0-3 Romanian Heavyweight (91 kg) Ionut-Mirel Jitaru continues his search for a first win of the campaign in the last fight in London, and he has a tough evening in store against the undefeated fifth ranked Ukrainian Denys Poyatsyka.