Evans ready for next test
10:00am Friday 28th December 2012 in Sport
TWO Olympic silver medalists and three reigning European Champions will box for the British Lionhearts in their next home fixture against the USA Knockouts at York Hall in London on January 17.
London 2012 silver medalists Fred Evans and John Joe Nevin will line-up alongside reigning European champions Andrew Selby and Joe Ward as the team looks to extend its unbeaten home record in the World Series of Boxing to three wins from three.
They will be joined by Frazer Clarke who will make his debut in the competition at heavyweight.
The Lionhearts will box a USA team which features London 2012 bronze medallist Michael Conlan from Ireland and Daouda Sow of France who won silver in Beijing. It sets-up a mouth-watering contest at bantamweight where Conlan will be seeking revenge against Selby after the Welshman defeated him 25-24 in a thrilling quarter-final contest at the 2011 AIBA World Championships in Baku, where Selby eventually went on to claim silver.
Newport’s Evans takes on William Williams at middleweight (73kg).
The fixture will see York Hall become the home of the British Lionhearts for the remainder of this season of the World Series of Boxing.
Tickets are on sale for this match and the British Lionhearts next two home fixtures against top-of-the-table Astana Arlans Kazakhstan (February 7) and the Ukraine Otamans (March 1) online at www.britishlionhearts.com.
The British Lionhearts are in second-place in Group B of the World Series of Boxing with three wins and nine points from four fixtures, including a 4-1 victory against the USA Knockouts in the away fixture last month. The US team are bottom of the table and without a win so far.
Evans said: “It’s been great to get back in the ring after the Olympics and I am really enjoying the competition.
“I think I am adapting well to the different demands of World Series Boxing and am looking forward to my next bout as I feel I am improving all the time in this format.”
Selby added: “I’ve adapted well to the challenges of World Series Boxing and have been comfortable in both of my bouts to-date. “It’s been great to compete in front of home crowds. “I have really enjoyed the support and hope it will be more of the same when we come to York Hall in January.”
Prior to the York Hall date, the Lionhearts have an away fixture in Ukraine on Friday, January 11.
The boxers selected to compete in the Ukraine include St Joseph’s star Sean McGoldrick, a gold medal winner at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Established in 2010, the World Series of Boxing is a national team boxing competition made-up of 12 teams from across the world.
For more information see the official team website at www.britishlionhearts.com.