Lionhearts edge towards World Series of Boxing semi-final

23 March 2013 / 11:34

The British Lionhearts are knocking on the door of a World Series of Boxing semi-final spot after taking a 4-1 lead over Mexico Guerreros at York Hall on Friday night.

Joe Ward got the Lionhearts off to the perfect start in the quarter-final clash in London as he comfortably saw off the challenge of Christian Demaj.

Aston Brown couldn’t follow Ward’s victory with one of his own as he was beaten by Conrad Cummings to level the score.

But after this the hosts never looked back and London Olympian Andrew Selby, Joe Nevin and Joe Joyce all recorded wins to leave the Lionhearts needing just two wins from the return leg in Mexico.

However, Great Britain amateur boxing performance director Rob McCracken is not about to let his troops get ahead of themselves.

“There is no room for complacency and there is still a long way to go,” he said. "It was a great performance from the team but this tie is far from over.

"The Mexicans will be a very different proposition at home in the second leg when they will field their strongest boxers.

"The team has done very well and got us into a good position but there is no room for complacency and there is still a long way to go."

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