Tasks in AIBA boxing don’t come much tougher than taking on the Cubans but that’s the examination the British Lionhearts face in the WSB finals in Tashkent.
This is the third final the Domadores have reached in as many seasons and they’re overwhelming favourites to regain the crown they won against Azerbaijan two years ago but lost to the Astana Arlans last June. As for the Lionhearts, nobody expected them to get this far but it’s been a sensational few months for GB boxing and success has bred success.
The two teams’ training sessions collided on Thursday. The Lionhearts were there in force, all 11 team members present, whilst for Cuba just Julio La Cruz, Arlen Lopez, Yasnier Toledo and Robeisy Ramirez, the only member of their team not to have qualified for Rio yet, chose to shake off the effects of a mammoth journey from their homeland.