The British Lionhearts has named the five-man team that will take on the France Fighting Roosters in its final home match of the season in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) at the Newport Centre in Newport on Saturday 14th April 2018.
The mouthwatering showdown will decide which team wins the European Group of WSB and is a chance for the Lionhearts to avenge their narrow 3-2 defeat from when the team’s met in the opening match of the season.
Tickets for the match, priced 16.50 (including booking fee) or on sale at www.gbboxing.org.uk/tickets.
The line-up is:
Flyweight (52kg) - Will Cawley (GB) / Lightweight (60kg) - Dzmitry Asan (BELARUS) / Welterweight (69kg) - Carl Fail (GB) / Light-heavyweight (81kg) - Joe Ward (IRE) / Super-heavyweight (91kg+) - Soloman Dacres (GB)
Will Cawley and Soloman Dacres, both competed for the Lionhearts last season when they defeated the France Fighting Roosters in the team’s home match at York Hall, seeing the team progress to the semi-finals, along with welterweight, Carl Fail, who is making his WSB debut for the team.
They are joined by overseas selections, Joe Ward, who starred in the Lionhearts 5-0 win over the Croatian Knights in the team’s first home match of the season in Gateshead, along with Dzmitry Asanau who recently competed for the team at their away match in Italy.
The French team is expected to include lightweight Sofiane Oumiha, Olympic silver medallist and flyweight Daniel Asenov, European Champion.
Rob McCracken, Head Coach of the British Lionhearts and Performance Director of GB Boxing, said: “It’ll be a tough match between the two top placed teams to see who wins the European group. The British Lionhearts are fielding a strong team, despite the Commonwealth Games currently being underway in Australia. With the boxers who would normally compete in the World Series of Boxing unable to feature in the team, it’s an opportunity for the other boxers to step up and show what they can do.
“The team will be in good spirits following on from their recent away victory in Croatia. We are up against a good team, it will be a great night of boxing for the fans.”
WSB is a global team boxing competition contested by the world’s leading amateur boxers. It bridges the gap between Olympic and professional boxing and boxers compete without vests or headguards over five three-minute rounds. WSB matches are contested over five bouts and the team that wins three or more is the winner.