The British Lionhearts team have reached the final of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) for the first time after defeating the reigning champions Astana Arlans of Kazakhstan 7-wins-to-3 at the York Hall in London on Friday
The impressive team went into the second faze of the semi-finals with a 3-2 lead from Thursday’s first leg, and stormed it with a 4-1 victory on the night, 7-3 overall with wins for Luke McCormack, Frazer Clarke and overseas selections Koryun Soghomonyan of Armenia and Bulgaria’s Radoslav Pantaleev overwhelmed a strong Kazhak team.
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On the previous night in the first leg, light-flyweight, Galal Yafai, light-welterweight, Pat McCormack, and Croatian heavyweight Fillipi Bepo scored unanimous wins to give the British team a narrow advantage, before Friday’s competitors left no doubt.
It could have been an even better night for the Lionhearts against the reigning WSB champions as both of the team’s defeats were by split decision as bantamweight, Peter McGrail and middleweight, Troy Williamosn were denied victory by the finest of margins.
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The British team will now face last year’s beaten finalists the Cuba Domodores in the final which will be held on Saturday 4 June 2016 in Uzbekistan.
“To defeat the defending champions and make the final against one of the super-powers of WSB is a superb achievement by the whole team. The Astana Arlans are extremely tough so to win 7-3 is a fantastic result and the boxers should be extremely proud of what they have done over these last two nights at York Hall.” said Rob McCracken, Performance Director of GB Boxing and Head Coach of the British Lionhearts.
“It has been a very good season for us and all of the boxers that have represented the Lionhearts have performed well and contributed to the success we have achieved. I would also like to thank our overseas boxers who have been fantastic, especially in the quarters and semi-finals where they have played a very important role in enabling us to reach the final.”