EUROPEAN championship silver medallist, Frazer Clarke, is one of the three boxers from the GB Boxing squad in the British Lionhearts line-up for the team’s second away match of the 2018 season in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) against Italia Thunder, on Friday 16 March in Milan.
Clarke is unbeaten in seven WSB bouts over the last two seasons and takes on Guido Vianello in the super-heavyweight contest.
He is joined in the team by U22 European bronze medallist, Will Cawley, who will box at flyweight and welterweight, Cyrus Pattinson. Two overseas selections, Dzmitry Asanau (Belarus), at lightweight, and light-heavyweight, Joe Ward (Ireland), complete the line-up.
Clarke said: “I can’t wait to be back in the ring as I’ve been out a long time with injuries. I guess you could say I’m really excited but also a little nervous. I know that I’ve got a tough bout, against a good fighter, but I have prepared well and am more than up for the challenge.
“So far the team has done great this season. There are lots of new faces within the team and this has really spurred me on to get back into WSB. Hopefully we will come away with the away victory in Italy and be able to push on further in the competition.”
The two teams met a fortnight ago at the Lionhearts’ home match in Liverpool when British Team whitewashed the Italians 5-0. They currently sit second in the four-team group with seven points with the Italians in third with four.
The France Fighting Roosters top the group on nine points and will face the British Lionhearts on Saturday 14 April 2018 at The Newport Centre in Newport. Tickets for this match are on sale now at www.gbboxing.org.uk/tickets.
The British Lionhearts franchise is supported by UK Sport. More details on the Lionhearts and WSB are available at http://www.worldseriesboxing.com/ 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.