The British Lionhearts has announced its line-up for next week’s semi-final in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) against the defending champions, Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, at York Hall on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May 2016 (doors at 6.30pm, boxing from 8.00pm).
Tickets are available now at http://tickets.sky.com/Boxing/World-Series-of-Boxing
The team contains seven members of GB Boxing’s podium squad and will feature Rio-bound, Galal Yafai, twin brothers, Pat and Luke McCormack, Peter McGrail, Josh Kelly, Troy Williamson and super-heavyweight, Frazer Clarke, who will be looking to continue the explosive form he has shown this season in WSB.
They will be joined by three overseas selections Koryun Soghomonyan of Armenia, Bulgaria’s Radoslav Pantaleev and Bepo Filipi of Croatia.
The Lionhearts team heads into the biggest match of the season on the back of a superb 8-2 victory over the Ukraine Otamans in the quarter-finals which featured outstanding performances by McGrail, Clarke and Luke McCormack, who was named ‘Boxer of the quarter-finals’.
His twin brother Pat is unbeaten in WSB and was named ‘Boxer of the regular season’ after sparkling victories over Gary Russell of USA Knockouts and Raul Curiel of Mexico Guerreros. It was an accolade that could easily have gone to his teammate Frazer Clarke who has won all three of his WSB contests inside the distance.
Sunderland’s 2015 European Games bronze medallist, Josh Kelly will be making his debut in WSB. Along with Troy Williamson and the McCormack twins, he is one of four boxers from the north east of England in the Lionhearts team. The full line-up is:
• Light-fly (49kg): Galal Yafai
• Fly (52kg): Koryun Soghomonyan (Armenia)
• Bantam (56kg): Peter McGrail
• Light (60kg): Luke McCormack
• Light-welter (64kg): Pat McCormack
• Welter (69kg): Josh Kelly
• Middle (75kg): Troy Williamson
• Light-heavy (81kg): Radoslav Pantaleev (Bulgaria)
• Heavy (91kg): Bepo Filipi (Croatia)
• Super-heavy (91kg+): Frazer Clarke
Thursday’s semi-final will see bouts at light-flyweight, bantamweight, light-welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight.
On Friday, boxers will compete at flyweight, lightweight, welterweight, light-heavyweight and super-heavyweight.
Both nights will also be shown live on BoxNation on Thursday 26th May and Friday 27th May from 8.00pm.
The semi-final will be only the second time the teams have met, following a clash at the Group stages in the 2013 Season of WSB.
On that occasion, the Lionhearts lost 5-0 away in Almaty but secured revenge in the home leg winning 4-1 at York Hall.
This season has seen both teams top their groups with 14 points each. The Lionhearts won four, lost one and had the home match with the Morocco Atlas Lions declared a draw after three of their boxers were unable to secure a visa to get into the UK.
The Kazhak outfit, topped Group D with a record of five wins and one defeat to the Uzbek Tigers.
More details on the Lionhearts and WSB are available at http://www.worldseriesboxing.com/ and by following the Lionhearts on twitter at @Brit_Lionhearts.