Selby and Evans star in GB win

  • Last Updated: February 8 2013, 0:06 GMT

British Lionhearts inflicted a first defeat of the season on Astana Arlans Kazakhstan in the World Series of Boxing in London on Thursday evening.

Andrew Selby: Won his fight
Andrew Selby: Won his fight

Welsh pair Andrew Selby and Fred Evans secured hard-fought wins before Joseph Joyce sealed matters with a stunning victory over WSB champion Filip Hrgovic at York Hall.

Croatian Hrvoje Sep gave the Arlans an early lead with a points triumph over Swede Babacar Kamara in the light heavyweight (80-85kg) contest, but the hosts went on to claim the next four bouts to clinch the match 4-1.

First Britain's Samuel Maxwell edged Kazakhstan's Yerzhan Mussafirov in the lightweight (57-61kg) meeting to even things up.

Welsh southpaw Evans, Olympic welterweight silver medallist at London 2012, then battled past Kazak Miras Bairkhanov in the middleweight (68-73kg) bout by split decision to get the Lionhearts ahead, before Selby made sure of the win by seeing off debutant Meirbolat Toitov in the bantamweight (50-54kg) showdown.

Joyce then added the gloss to the result by maintaining his unbeaten record with a superb triumph over Hrgovic, one of the division's top boxers, in the heavyweight (+91kg) finale.

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