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British Lionhearts bow out of World Series of Boxing after 6-4 quarter final loss to Mexico Guerreros
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Selby, Joyce and Ward among the stars of the competition as British Lionhearts complete debut season in the World Series of Boxing.
The British Lionhearts have bowed-out of the World Series of Boxing following a quarter-final defeat to the Mexico Guerreros in Mexico City.
Boxing at an altitude of 2,420 metres (7,940ft), the Lionhearts gave their all but were unable to overcome the conditions and a very tough Mexican line-up which avenged the Guerreros 4-1 reverse from the first leg with a 5-0 home victory.
The result means the Mexicans won the two-leg match 6-4 and progress to the semi-finals of the competition where they will meet Astana Arlans Kazakhstan.
Rob McCracken, Performance Director of GB Boxing and the British Lionhearts, said: "It was always going to be hard boxing at such high altitutude against a strong Mexican team and, despite some creditable performances, the team just could not do enough to get a result on this occasion.
"The World Series of Boxing is a very tough competition, which features many of the best young boxers in the world, and I think the Lionhearts have done well in their first season. The team was a match for anyone at home and some of our boxers have been amongst the best in the whole competition. The boxers in the GB Boxing squad have enjoyed taking part in WSB and they have all learnt something and improved as a result of the experience."
The final match of the season saw Wales’s Sean McGoldrick lose to the top ranked bantamweight in this season of World Series Boxing, Elias Emigdio.
Liverpool’s Sam Maxwell faced a similarly tough assignment at lightweight where he was outpointed by the 2011 individual champion, Juan Romero.
Battling performances from the Lionhearts’ international selections offered brief hope of a revival but Kaupo Arro lost the middleweight bout and both Babacar Kamara at light heavyweight and Uaine Fa at heavyweight finished on the wrong side of split decisions as the Guerreros secured the victories they needed to progress.
It ended the British Lionhearts first season in the World Series of Boxing. The team was superb at home where it competed in front of packed-houses at York Hall and won five out of six fixtures. Its sole defeat was a 3-2 reverse against an exceptional Ukraine team which featured two Olympic champions.
Several Lionhearts boxers have been amongst the most successful in the competition. Andrew Selby won all six of his contests and is ranked second in the bantamweight class. Likewise, Joe Joyce is ranked second in the heavyweight division with five wins from six – his sole defeat coming against the Olympic champion Aleksandr Usyk. Ireland’s Joe Ward is ranked third in the light-heavyweight category.
Other Lionhearts boxers that have performed well include Sean McGoldrick who was the team’s most impressive boxer away from home and won three out of his five bouts on-the-road. Olympic silver medallist, Fred Evans only tasted defeat once and is currently ranked in the top ten in the middleweight division.