Williams to make WSB debut as British Lionhearts return

Williams to make WSB debut as British Lionhearts return

Tomorrow, Ashley Williams will become Wales’ first representative in the new 2015 season of the World Series of Boxing (WSB). The light-flyweight will be part of the British Lionheart’s team as they face the China Dragons at Bethnal Green’s historic York Hall. Since wining bronze at the Commonwealth Games in the summer, Williams has been boosted with a well-earned place on the Team GB podium squad. The fixture will mark the British Lionheart’s return to the WSB, having made their debut in the 2012/13 season but then been absent in the following instalment when funding issues sidelined the franchise. The revival of the British Lionhearts was made possible by UK Sport who are providing investment and logistical support. There are three other Welshmen in the British Lionhearts squad; including fellow Commonwealth bronze medalists Sean McGoldrick (bantamweight) and Joe Cordina (lightweight). Andrew Selby (flyweight) completes the quartet; he is unbeaten in nine previous WSB bouts and is scheduled to appear in the British Lionheart’s second fixture, away against Ukraine Otamans. European gold and Olympic silver medalist Fred Evans (middleweight) will compete for the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder team, who are in Group A alongside the British Lionhearts. This year, international amateur boxers will attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil and the WSB will provide another avenue for qualification. 17 places will be given to the highest ranked boxers across the seven weight categories. Since it’s conception in 2010, the WSB has been a revolutionary concept that allows international level amateur boxers to compete without a head guard or vest. The bouts last five rounds and are judged on criteria similar to professional boxing. A fixture consists of five bouts at various weights and a team must win at least three bouts to win the fixture. The format of the competition splits 16 countries between two groups, all fighting each other in home and away fixtures. When all the fixtures are complete, the teams at the top of the table proceed to knockout stages. Tickets will be on sale on the door and cost £10 for adults, £5 for children and £20 for a family of four. Fans at home will be able to watch the fixture on BT Sport 2. The two hour programme begins at 8:00pm.

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