THE British Lionhearts maintained the team’s unbeaten start in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) with a 3-2 away victory over the Morocco Atlas Lions in Casablanca last night.
An inexperienced Lionhearts line-up, which featured three boxers that had never competed in WSB, overcame the Atlas Lions to put the British team top of Group B and gain revenge over the Moroccan outfit that defeated the Lionhearts home and away in last year’s competition.
Wins for Luke McCormack and WSB debutants, Frazer Clarke and Muhammad Ali in the first three bouts of the evening gave the Lionhearts an unassailable lead which the Atlas Lions were unable to claw back despite restoring some pride by taking the final two contests of the night.
The contest began with a controlled performance by British lightweight, Luke McCormack, who boxed at range and used his superior boxing skills to secure a unanimous points win over Abdellah Boudrar.
He was followed by Frazer Clarke who gave an impressive account of himself on his WSB debut, overpowering Ahmed Bourous and twice sending his man to the canvas on the way to a unanimous win.
A mature performance by fellow debutant, Muhammad Ali, who defeated Abdelali Daraa in the flyweight bout, secured the victory for the British team.
A spirited fightback saw the Moroccan team reduce the deficit to 3-2 as 2015 World Champion, Mohammed Rabii, outpointed Ekow Essuman at welterweight, and Hassan Saada overcame WSB debutant, Thomas Whittaker-Hart in the light-heavyweight contest.
But it was not enough to prevent the Lionhearts leaving Casablanca with all three points and an unbeaten record in the 2016 season of WSB.
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