WSB Update: Wales’ bad luck for the British Lionhearts continues

WSB Update: Wales’ bad luck for the British Lionhearts continues

Wales’ bad luck in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) continued on Friday as Ashley Williams was squeezed out in Morocco. The serving soldier was defeated by light-flyweight Zouhair El Bekkali, courtesy of a Unanimous Decision with the scorecards of 50-45, 49-46 and 49-46 not reflecting the action. El Bekkali started off by showing razor sharp skills with combinations around Williams’ guard. However, the Moroccan national champion appeared to feel the pace as early as the end of the second round. Williams, buoyed by his opponent’s body language, pushed on and further slowed El Bekkali with body punches. El Bekkali was still sharp and scoring with fast counters but they were no longer the three and four punch combinations of the early rounds, instead they were often only single shots. Williams was, typically, effective in closing down the distance between the pair but was often held or pulled down by El Bekkali’s negative tactics – which were rarely reprimanded by the referee. Overall, the British Lionhearts suffered a consecutive loss, again by a 3-2 margin, with the only individual wins scored by Scouser’s Sam Maxwell and Anthony Fowler. The franchise currently sits in fourth place of the WSB’s Group A. In the coming days, there was more bad news coming for the Welsh representatives in the WSB. If his first WSB defeat two weeks ago wasn’t a bitter enough pill to swallow, Barry Town’s Andrew ‘Bad Man’ Selby has suffered a further blow. Following hospital scans; a doctor has diagnosed Selby with a fractured eye, ruling him out for a considerable amount of time. The talented 26-year-old Welshman was brave but rendered one-eyed and eventually halted by the doctor on second inspection, giving Kyrgyzstan’s Azat Usenaliev a fifth round stoppage victory and rematch revenge. Cardiff’s Joe ‘Welsh Wizard’ Cordina has been forced to withdraw from Thursday’s fixture against Algeria Desert Hawks. The lightweight suffered a hand injury during his defeat against the Ukraine Otamans two weeks ago, which hasn’t recovered in time. Bulgaria’s Detelin Dalakliev, gold medalist at the World Championships in 2009, will replace 23-year-old Cordina, who won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in August. Making up the rest of the British Lionhearts team will be flyweight Jack Bateson, welterweight Ekow Essuman, light-heavyweight John Newell and super-heavyweight Joe Joyce. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased online at www.ticketsdirect.org.uk/wsbboxing with prices set at £10 for adults and £5 for children (under 16). Doors at London’s iconic York Hall open at 7:00pm and boxing will start at 8:00pm.

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