EUROPEAN Championship bronze medallist, Calum French, is one of four boxers from the GB Boxing squad named in the British Lionhearts team to take-on Astana Arlans Kazakhstan in the second-leg of their World Series of Boxing (WSB) semi-final in Atyrau City on Saturday 26th May 2018.
Lightweight, French (4-0), is unbeaten in two seasons of competing in WSB and will be joined in the Lionhearts team by fellow Brits, Will Cawley (flyweight), Carl Fail (welterweight) and Solomon Dacres (super-heavyweight). Overseas selection, Liridon Nuha of Sweden, completes the line-up on his debut appearance for the Lionhearts.
The British team trails 3-2 from last week’s first leg in Sheffield and will be looking for French, Fail (1-0) and Dacres (1-0) to preserve their unbeaten records in the competition if they are to make it into this year’s final.
If the match finishes tied at 5-5, there will be tie-break bout at welterweight, with Cyrus Pattinson boxing for the Lionhearts.
The match will be shown live on BoxNation from 12:20 on Saturday 26th May 2018. BoxNation is available on Sky 437/490HD, BT TV 415, Virgin 546, Freeview 268 and TalkTalk 415.
The full-line up is:
|Weight class||Astana Arlans Kazakhstan||British Lionhearts|
|Flyweight (52kg)||Saken Bibossinov (KAZ)||Will Cawley (ENG)|
|Lightweight (60kg)||Zakir Safiullin (KAZ)||Calum French (ENG)|
|Welterweight (69kg)||Aslanbek Shymbergenov (KAZ)||Carl Fail (ENG)|
|Light-heavyweight (81kg)||Bek Nurmaganbet (KAZ)||Liridon Nuha (SWE)|
|Super-heavyweight (91kg+)||Kamshybek Kunkabayev (KAZ)||Solomon Dacres (ENG)|
|Tie-break, Welterweight (69kg)||Ablaikhan Zhussupov (KAZ)||Cyrus Pattinson (ENG)|
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.