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British Lionhearts bid for World Series of Boxing playoffs

February 6, 2013 15:11 pm

London 2012 Olympians Fred Evans and Andrew Selby will be looking to remain unbeaten as the British Lionhearts take on Kazakhstan in a bid to qualify for the World Series of Boxing playoffs.

The British Lionhearts currently sit third in group B and will put their unbeaten home record on the line against group leaders Kazakhstan on Thursday at York Hall in London with victory guaranteeing safe passage into the playoffs.

London 2012 silver-medal winning welterweight Evans takes on Miras Bairkhanov in the middleweight category, while fellow Olympian Selby battles Meirbolat Toitov at bantamweight.

The Welsh pair are joined by Londoner Joe Joyce who also puts his unbeaten heavyweight record on the line against the competition’s leading heavyweight and 2012 individual champion Filip Hrgovic, the Brit currently second to the Kazakh in the individual rankings.

And completing the team are lightweight Sam Maxwell and light heavyweight Babacar Kamara, with Evans admitting it is good to be back following illness.

Evans said: “I missed the last home fixture through illness so am really looking forward to getting back in the ring and competing.

“The Kazakhs will be a very tough team but we have also have a strong side out so it should be a great match.”

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