THE British Lionhearts have finished the regular season on top of Group B in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) despite losing their final match of the season 4-1 to the Mexico Guerreros in Aguascalientes City at the weekend.
Winning the group means the British team has secured home advantage in the quarter-finals and will face the Ukraine Otamans at York Hall, London, on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd April 2016 when there will be five bouts each night.
Sunday’s night’s match against the Guerreros was always going to be a tough assignment for the British team who were boxing at an altitude of 1,880 metres above sea-level, however it began well when super-heavyweight, Frazer Clarke, dispatched Nigel Paul in just 72 seconds to record his second victory of the season.
It was to prove the highpoint of the evening for the Lionhearts as the next four bouts saw the Mexican team take control of the match and secure a place in the quarter-finals by finishing second in the group.
At light-heavyweight Carlos Antonio Rodriguez Moreno edged a split decision over WSB debutant Lyndon Arthur. The flyweight bout saw Jose Rojas Romero overcome Jack Bateson and at welterweight, Francisco Armenta defeated Cyrus Pattinson. The contest ended when Lindolfo Delgado Garza stopped the British Lionhearts’ overseas boxer, Oualid Belaoura of France, in round one.