Evans leads the Lionhearts

  • Last Updated: November 6 2012, 15:03 GMT

A British team will take part in the World Series of Boxing for the first time in the tournament's brief history.

Fred Evans: Included in the squad

The British Lionhearts features a number of amateur boxers looking to be part of Team GB for the Rio Olympics in 2016 with middleweight Fred Evans, who won a silver medal at the London Olympics this summer, arugably the biggest name in the squad.

He is joined by fellow Olympian Andrew Selby who will compete in the bantamweight division with Charlie Edwards and Gamal Yafai.

Heavyweight Frank Clarke and light-heavyweight Lawrence Osueke have also been signed up alongside lightweight trio Joe Cordina, Josh Taylor and Sam Maxwell and Antony Fowler in the welterweight division.

Neither Luke Campbell or Anthony Joshua, both gold medals winners at the London Games, have signed up to the team.

The British stars will face up against teams from Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the USA in Group B with contests consisting of five fights, at five different weights.

There are home and away legs before the top two sides from the two pools featuring in the grand final.

If the Lionhearts manage to reach the final at the first time of asking they could face Argentina, Azerbaijan, India, Mexico, Poland or Russia, the nations who make up Group A.

Fights will consist of five three-minute rounds and, despite being an amateur tournament, no vests or headguards are worn.

The new season begins for the Lionhearts on November 15 when they take on the USA in California.

Despite the new tournament starting in under two weeks, the WSB have just appointed a new chief operating officer in Karim Bouzidi.

Formerly the general manager of French franchise Paris United, Bouzidi is looking forward to moving the series forward. "I am extremely honored to have been offered this exciting challenge," he said.

"With new franchises, dozens of London Olympians on board and pro boxers now allowed, I am convinced that this third season will be the most successful to date.

"We want to show the world that WSB is the place to be when it comes to top quality boxing."


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