British Lionhearts announce nine-man squad for WSB clash in Newport
Young blood dominates the British Lionhearts squad announced for its final home match of the season in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) next month.
Five of the nine-man squad face France Fighting Roosters at the Newport Centre on Saturday 14 April in a match expected to determine which nation will top the four-team European group.
Rob McCracken, the British Lionhearts head coach and performance director of GB Boxing, is confident of what his squad has to offer.
“We have named a strong squad which features a good balance of experienced boxers, which have competed several times in WSB, along with some of our newer up-and-coming talents,” he explained.
“It is probable that this match will influence whether we get through to the next stages of the competition and determine who wins the group.
“We are monitoring the form and fitness of the boxers to ensure we can select the strongest possible line-up to face France and give us the best chance of success.”
Flyweight Will Cawley, 20, and 24-year-old super-heavyweight Soloman Dacres will hope to see their unbeaten run in WSB through to the end, alongside four of their GB Boxing compatriots.
Kiaran MacDonald, a podium potential member of the GB squad, and Ireland’s Joe Ward, both starred in the Lionhearts 5-0 win over the Croatian Knights in the team’s first home match of the season in Gateshead.
They make the team alongside 23-year-old welterweight Cyrus Pattinson and his Birtley ABC clubmate Thomas Hodgson.
Established in 2010, WSB is a global team boxing competition made up of national franchises which compete in a league format, culminating in play-offs and a grand final.
The full Lionhearts squad includes flyweights Cawley (20) and Kiaran MacDonald; lightweights Thomas Hodgson and Dzmitry Asanau; welterweights Cyrus Pattinson (23) and Carl Fail; light-heavyweight Joe Ward and super-heavyweights Dacres (24) and Petar Belberov.