February 6 - The British Lionhearts have a chance to guarantee a place in the knockout stages of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) when they put their unbeaten home record on the line against Group B leaders Astana Arlans Kazakhstan tomorrow at York Hall in London.
The Lionhearts have named a strong team for the match headed by London 2012 silver medallist Fred Evans (pictured top) of Wales.
The 22-year-old from Cardiff, who has won his two WSB bouts so far, will face Kazak Miras Bairkhanov at middleweight in what is likely to be one of the highlights of the evening.
"I missed the last home fixture through illness so am really looking forward to getting back in the ring and competing," said Evans, the reigning European champion.
"The Kazakh will be a very tough team but we also have a strong side out so it should be a great match."
First up at York Hall will be the light heavyweight showdown between the Lionhearts' experienced Swede Babacar Kamara and the talented Croatian Hrvoje Sep before lightweight Samuel Maxwell faces Yerzhan Mussafirov at lightweight.
It will be the Evans against Bairkhanov fight at middleweight before the electric bantamweight Andrew Selby takes on Kazak debutant Meirbolat Toitov.
The unbeaten 24-year-old from Wales, who is a World Championship silver medallist, says he will be looking to delight the fans at York Hall.
"I have really settled into the WSB format now so I feel that I am starting to find my best form," said Selby.
"The atmosphere at York Hall for my last bout was fantastic so I am looking forward to competing there again and hopefully securing a win."
The last bout of the evening will see two giants of the ring collide at Heavyweight with Joe Joyce set to go head-to-head with reigning WSB heavyweight champion Filip Hrgovic.
"It is going to be my toughest bout of the season but I have trained and prepared well and am going into it in good form," said Joyce.
A win for the Lionhearts, who are in third place in group B with 12 points, will guarantee them a passage into the knockout stages and a chance to compete for the WSB crown.
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