McGrail, Yafai and McCormack to kick-off new season of WSB for the British Lionhearts in Paris

By 30th January 2018News

EUROPEAN Champion, Peter McGrail is one of the three boxers from the GB Boxing squad in the British Lionhearts line-up for the team’s first match of the 2018 season of World Series Boxing (WSB) against the France Fighting Roosters, on Friday 2 February 2018 in Paris.

He is joined by two boxers that won silver medals at the 2017 European Championships, Rio Olympian, Galal Yafai, who will box at light-flyweight, and lightweight, Luke McCormack.

Two overseas selections, Eumir Marcial (Philippines) at light-heavyweight, and super-heavyweight, David Nyika (New Zealand) complete the line-up.

McGrail said: “I really enjoy World Series Boxing and am looking forward to the new season.  France is a strong team and we have had lots of close matches against them so it should be a really good match.”

Britain and France met four times in the 2017 season of WSB with the Lionhearts wining both the home and away fixtures 3-2 in the group stages.  The teams met again in the quarter-finals where France won 3-2 at home.  The Lionhearts matched this in the away-leg to set-up a deciding bout which saw Soloman Dacres secure a debut points victory over Marin Mindoljevic to hand victory to the British team.

This year, the Lionhearts and France are in a four-team European group which also includes Italia Thunder, who return after missing out in 2017, and newcomers, the Croatian Knights.

After the France match, the Lionhearts have two home fixtures against the Croatian Knights on Friday 16 February 2018 at Gateshead Leisure Centre and Italia Thunder at The Auditorium, Echo Arena Liverpool on Friday 2 March 2018.

Tickets for both matches are on sale now at

The British Lionhearts franchise is supported by UK Sport.  More details on the Lionhearts and WSB are available at and by following the team on twitter at @Brit_Lionhearts.

WSB is a global team boxing competition developed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), made-up of 11 teams who compete in a league format in three regional groups. It bridges the gap between Olympic and professional boxing and participants compete without vests or headguards over five three-minute rounds using the 10-point-must scoring system.  Each match is made-up of five bouts and a team that wins three or more gets the win.