McCracken claims boxers will learn from World Series setback

31 March 2013 / 11:22

Great Britain performance director Rob McCracken is adamant his charges will emerge much better from the experience of the World Series of Boxing after their campaign ended in the quarter-finals.

Britain entered a franchise into the series for the first time this season with the British Lionhearts progressing out of the group stages and into the knockout rounds with five wins and five defeats.

In the quarter-finals, held over two legs home and away, the Lionhearts beat the Mexico Guerreros 4-1 in London with London 2012 Olympian Andrew Selby continuing to impress with one of the wins.

That extended his winning streak in the Series to six with the Lionhearts needing just two wins in Mexico to advance to the semi-finals however they were to fall to a 5-0 defeat to the Guerreros.

But McCracken, who oversaw the five medals won by Britain at London 2012 last summer, insisted entering the Series was more than worthwhile and can’t wait for it to be shown why.

“It was always going to be tough boxing at such high altitude against a strong Mexican team, and despite some creditable performances, the team just couldn’t do enough to get a result on this occasion,” said McCracken.

“The World Series of Boxing is a very tough competition which features many of the best young boxers in the world, and I think the Lionhearts have done well in their first season.

“The team was a match for anyone at home and some of our boxers have been among the best in the whole competition.

“The boxers in the GB boxing squad have enjoyed taking part in WSB and they have all learnt something and improved as a result of the experience.”

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