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British Lionhearts vs. USA Knockouts at York Hall

STRONG LINE-UP FOR THE BRITISH LIONHEARTS AS THE TEAM LOOKS TO CONTINUE ITS UNBEATEN HOME RECORD AGAINST THE USA KNOCKOUTS AT YORK HALL

Olympic silver medallist, Nevin to box for the British Lionhearts as teammates Selby, Ward and Joyce look to maintain their unbeaten records in the World Series of Boxing

Olympic silver medallist, John Joe Nevin and reigning European champions, Andrew Selby and Joe Ward will box for the British Lionhearts against the USA Knockouts at York Hall on Thursday (17 January 2013) as the team looks to extend its unbeaten home record in the World Series of Boxing.

London’s Joe Joyce will box at heavyweight and at middleweight Kaupo Arro of Estonia will make his debut for the Lionhearts after Wales’ Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans withdrew through illness.

Selby, Ward and Joyce are all unbeaten in the World Series of Boxing and will be making their third appearances of the season for the Lionhearts, who currently lie second in Group B of the competition.

The USA Knockouts team features London 2012 bronze medallist, Michael Conlan of Ireland and Daouda Sow of France who won silver in Beijing. They are joined by William Williams at middleweight, light-heavyweight Marco Calic and Gibson Avery at heavyweight as the USA looks for its first win of the season.


The line-ups means the bantamweight bout will be a re-match of the 2011 AIBA World Championship quarter-final between Andrew Selby and Michael Conlan, which the Welshman edged by a single point with a thrilling 25-24 victory.

Andrew Selby said: “Conlan is a very good boxer and the last time we met at the world Championships in 2011, it was one of the best bouts of the whole tournament so hopefully this one will be every bit as good. World Series of Boxing is a slightly different format but it will suit both of our styles and should make for a great contest. I am really enjoying the competition so far and after two good wins feel I am really settling into it and am looking forward to boxing again at York Hall this week.”

Like Selby, Ireland’s Joe Ward is also unbeaten in this year’s competition and is yet to lose a round after two impressive victories in the Lionhearts’ wins over Italia Thunder and the German Eagles.

Ward said: “I’m thoroughly enjoying WSB and really like the five rounds. I feel it suits my style and gives me time to establish my authority on the bout. I enjoy being part of a top level team and part of a really exciting, competitive show. There is a bit of added pressure and excitement knowing you are boxing not only for yourself, but also for the team. The support has been really good so far and improving with each match. York Hall is an iconic boxing venue and I look forward to boxing there.”

Tickets for the match against USA Knockouts are still available and can be purchased at www.britishlionhearts.com or on the door at York Hall on the night.

The full line-up is:

British Lionhearts

USA Knockouts

Bantamweight (54kg)

Andrew Selby

Vs

Michael Conlan

Lightweight (61kg)

John Joe Nevin

Vs

Douda Sow

Middleweight (73kg)

Kaupo Arro

Vs

William Williams

Light-heavyweight (85kg)

Joe Ward

Vs

Marco Calic

Heavyweight (91kg+)

Joe Joyce

Vs

Gibson Avery

Established in 2010, the World Series of Boxing is a national team boxing competition made-up of 12 teams from across the world. A WSB match between two international franchises consists of bouts in five weight categories: bantamweight (54kg), lightweight (61kg), middleweight (73kg), light-heavyweight (85kg) and heavyweight (91kg+).

Competitors box without vests and head guards and the WSB scoring system is based on the ‘ten point must system’. Each bout is decided by the scores of three judges or by a knockout, technical knockout, disqualification or walk over. There are five three-minute rounds in each bout and the team that wins the most number of bouts wins the match.

For more information see www.britishlionhearts.com.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR THE FIRST ABA CHAMPION!

The American Boxing Association (ABA) is looking to become a major force in boxing during the year 2013. We have completed our first championship belt, and will be sanctioning fights between American fighters, in all of the established weight classes, provided that they are ranked in the top 20 by a reputable organization. We are waiving any sanctioning fees for this first champion in every weight division.

What makes the (ABA) different from all other sanctioning bodies, is that it is the first championship belt that is solely made for American fighters, to fight and defend in America.

We are currently in talks with heavyweight contenders Travis Walker, Seth Mitchell, and the emerging Golden Boy Promotions prospect, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, to schedule a fight for the ABA Heavyweight Championship.

As America is making its economic comeback and as the preeminent superpower on the world stage, American boxing is also making a comeback as seen by the recent successful return of boxing on free network television- CBS and NBC. The ABA intends to be at the forefront of this resurgence.

American fighters can become champions right here at home, and wear their belts with pride as The American Champion in their respective weight classes. We are now looking to crown the first ABA Champion.

Please visit our website to learn more about our organization. http://www.ababoxing.us/

We can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter- @ABABoxingUS.




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