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Evans tops the bill as star-studded Lionhearts team makes its home debut
Page last updated at 7:46PM GMT, Friday, 23 November 2012
After a dominant display away to the USA Knockouts in its World Series of Boxing (WSB) debut, the British Lionhearts team are about to compete in its first home fixture with the visit of the competition titleholders Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder.
It is just great to be back boxing in front of my home crowd in Wales, for the first time since I won my Olympic medal.
The competition, which will be held at Celtic Manor in Newport, will feature Wales’ Olympic silver medalist Fred Evans and 2011 European champion and world silver medalist Andrew Selby compete alongside Ireland’s own Olympic silver medalist John Joe Nevin, 2011 European Champion and GB squad member Joe Joyce, who will compete at heavyweight after Mohammed Arjaoui withdrew.
The fixture will be televised on ESPN at 11.45pm tonight (Friday 23 November). ESPN is available at Sky SD/HD 417, Virgin 529, Virgin HD 530, BT Vision / Top Up TV / Freeview Channel 34,
It can also be viewed live from 8.00pm at http://www.youtube.com/user/WorldSeriesBoxing.
Joe Joyce will get the show underway when he faces Italian pro fighter Matteo Modugno (unbeaten in 12 fights with 6 KOs to his name) in the heavyweight contest.
Next up is the 2011 world championships silver medalist and reigning European champion, Andrew Selby, who will take on Daniele Limone, who was recruited by the Italian Franchise from the pro ranks where he had a 10 win to one loss record.
Selby said: “With the GB squad, we are always well prepared and ready for anything. It will not be any different with WSB. We are as fit and strong as anyone, and the extra couple of kilos will suit me well as I am coming up from Flyweight (52kg). Italy has always got a strong team but we are not afraid of anyone. I am looking forward to the bout, and will put on a show in front of the home crowd”.
At light heavyweight, Joe Ward, the current European Champion, will be pitted against experienced campaigner Imre Szello of Hungary.
Ward will be followed by his countryman, John Joe Nevin who has joined the Lionhearts after a successful spell with the Paris United team that was crowned WSB Team Champions in 2011 and fresh from a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics. He will box 21-year-old Branimir Stankovic from Serbia.
Fresh from his exploits in London, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist Fred Evans, will top-the-bill when he takes-on Italy’s tough Frenchman Michel Tavares in the night’s Middleweight (68-73kg) bout. It will be an extremely tough competition bow for the 21-year-old Welshman in the battle of the southpaws, with Tavares a veteran of two seasons in WSB with an impressive record of 9 wins to two losses.
On facing Tavares, Evans said: “It is just great to be back boxing in front of my home crowd in Wales, for the first time since I won my Olympic medal. It will be great to box in WSB and I cannot wait to get going and get my first win for the Lionhearts”.