A WIN for Will Cawley was the sole victory for the British Lionhearts as the team lost 4-1 to Astana Arlans Kazakhstan in the second leg of their World Series of Boxing (WSB) semi-final in Atyrau City.
It means the Arlans won the match 7-3 on aggregate over two legs and will progress to the final of this year’s WSB where they will meet France or Cuba.
Cawley’s split decision win over Saken Bibossinov in the flyweight contest levelled the match at 3-3 to briefly raise hopes of a Lionhearts’ comeback but the team was unable to capitalise against a tough and experienced Arlans line-up.
Calum French narrowly lost on a split decision against Serik Temirzhanov in the lightweight contest before Carl Fail (welterweight), overseas selection Liridon Nuha (light-heavyweight) and Soloman Dacres (super-heavyweight) succumbed to unanimous defeats against powerful Kazakh opponents.
The full results were:
52kg: Saken Bibossinov lost by split decision (2:1) to Will Cawley
60kg: Serik Temirzhanov won by a split decision (2:1) against Calum French
69kg: Aslanbek Shymbergenov won by a split decision against Carl Fail
81kg: Bek Nurmaganbet won by a split decision against Liridon Nuha (SWE)
91+kg: Kamshybek Kunkabayev won by a split decision against Solomon Dacres
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.