British Lionhearts name a strong line-up for first home fixture of the season in World Series Boxing

By 11th February 2016News

The British Lionhearts have named a strong team for its first home match of the season in the World Series Boxing (WSB) against the Mexico Guerreros at York Hall on Thursday 18 February 2016 (doors at 6.30pm, boxing from 8.00pm).

The line-up includes 2013 World Championship bronze medallist and 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, Antony Fowler, at middleweight; 2015 European Championship silver medallist, Pat McCormack, at light-welterweight and 2015 European Championship and 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Qais Ashfaq, at bantamweight.

The experienced trio will be joined by WSB debutant, Galal Yafai at light-flyweight and heavyweight, Lawrence Okolie, who will be boxing in front of his hometown crowd.  All five boxers are part of GB Boxing’s World Class Performance Programme based at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield.

The Lionhearts will be looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season and build on away wins in the USA and Morocco against a Mexican team that will be trying to bounce back after losing its last match to the USA Knockouts.

Tickets for this match and all of the British Lionhearts home fixtures are on sale now at

Tickets are £15 per fixture or £30 for a season ticket which includes the Mexico match and forthcoming clashes against the USA Knockouts on 3 March and the Morocco Atlas Lions on 17 March.

The clash with the Mexico Guerrero will be the first WSB appearance of the season for Fowler and Ashfaq who competed for the Lionhearts in 2015.

McCormack and Okolie will be looking to build on their excellent starts to the season which saw both boxers record victories on their WSB debuts when the Lionhearts’ won 3-2 against the USA Knockouts in Miami in January.

Yafai will be making his debut in the competition and will head into the match in confident mood after winning a gold medal for GB Boxing in the Bocskai tournament in Hungary last week.

The match will be shown live on BoxNation from 8.00pm.

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