Lionhearts crash out

  • Last Updated: March 30 2013, 11:31 GMT

Great Britain performance director Rob McCracken paid tribute to the British Lionhearts after their debut World Series of Boxing season ended in quarter-final defeat in Mexico.

Rob McCracken: Hailed Lionhearts after debut
Rob McCracken: Hailed Lionhearts after debut

The Lionhearts were defeated 5-0 at altitude in Foro Polanco on Friday night, enabling the hosts to reverse a 4-1 first leg deficit and advance to a last four meeting with Kazakhstan.

Plucky performances from Sean McGoldrick and Sam Maxwell were not enough to prolong the Lionhearts' season as they suffered points losses to Elias Emigdio and Juan Romero respectively.

Further points defeats for Lionhearts fighters Kaupo Arro, Babacar Kamara and Uaine Fa sealed defeat against a strong Mexican line-up.

McCracken said: "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.

"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."