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Strong line-up for the Lionhearts as the team looks to extend its unbeaten home record at York Hall
Page last updated at 3:38PM GMT, Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Olympic silver medallist, John Joe Nevin and reigning European champions, Andrew Selby and Joe Ward will box for the British Lionhearts against the USA Knockouts at York Hall on Thursday (17 January 2013) as the team looks to extend its unbeaten home record in the World Series of Boxing.
London’s Joe Joyce will box at heavyweight and at middleweight Kaupo Arro of Estonia will make his debut for the Lionhearts after Wales’ Olympic silver medallist, Fred Evans, withdrew through illness.
Selby, Ward and Joyce are all unbeaten in the World Series of Boxing and will be making their third appearances of the season for the Lionhearts, who currently lie second in Group B of the competition.
The USA Knockouts team features London 2012 bronze medallist, Michael Conlan of Ireland and Daouda Sow of France who won silver in Beijing. They are joined by William Williams at middleweight, light-heavyweight Marco Calic and Gibson Avery at heavyweight as the USA looks for its first win of the season.
The line-ups means the bantamweight bout will be a re-match of the 2011 AIBA World Championship quarter-final between Andrew Selby and Michael Conlan, which the Welshman edged by a single point with a thrilling 25-24 victory.
Andrew Selby said: “Conlan is a very good boxer and the last time we met at the world Championships in 2011, it was one of the best bouts of the whole tournament so hopefully this one will be every bit as good. World Series of Boxing is a slightly different format but it will suit both of our styles and should make for a great contest. I am really enjoying the competition so far and after two good wins feel I am really settling into it and am looking forward to boxing again at York Hall this week.”
Like Selby, Ireland’s Joe Ward is also unbeaten in this year’s competition and is yet to lose a round after two impressive victories in the Lionhearts’ wins over Italia Thunder and the German Eagles.
Ward said: “I’m thoroughly enjoying WSB and really like the five rounds. I feel it suits my style and gives me time to establish my authority on the bout. I enjoy being part of a top level team and part of a really exciting, competitive show. There is a bit of added pressure and excitement knowing you are boxing not only for yourself, but also for the team. The support has been really good so far and improving with each match. York Hall is an iconic boxing venue and I look forward to boxing there.”
Tickets for the match against USA Knockouts are still available and can be purchased at www.britishlionhearts.com or on the door at York Hall on the night.
The full line-up is (Lionhearts first):
Andrew Selby V Michael Conlan
John Joe Nevin V Douda Sow