British Lionhearts return to the familiar surrounds of London’s York Hall on Saturday night, hoping their squad can dig deep and turn back a 3-2 deficit from their Quarter-Final first leg defeat against France Fighting Roosters in Paris. It will be a new-look side for the hosts as several new faces come in looking to prove themselves on the big stage over five rounds against another solid French line up.
The Lionhearts give Flyweight (52kg) Will Cawley his first call-up to the team, the 2016 English Champion ready to show what he can do over five rounds against 24-year-old Abdelhafid Benaicha, also a current National Champion in France on debut this weekend. The more familiar sight of British Lightweight (60kg) sensation Calum French will be second into the ring, with the 22-year-old enjoying the best period of his career and looking to continue a strong first WSB season against France Fighting Roosters’ Khalil El Hadri.
The hosts’ second Hungarian Draft Pick in Season VII, Andras Vadasz, makes his debut at Welterweight (69kg) against the Roosters’ former professional boxer Mohamed Ali Ouali, before another of the British Lionhearts’ foreign imports this year, Spain’s Alejandro Camacho, takes on Mamadou Bakary Diabira at Light heavyweight (81kg). The French boxer has won both his Season VII contests so far and his strong jab could prove to be the path to further success in York Hall.
Finally, following his compatriot David Nyika’s brilliant win in the first leg last week, New Zealand’s Patrick Mailata will make his debut for the British Lionhearts at Super Heavyweight (+91kg) against France’s former National Champion Jonathan Nacto, the man who lost out to British Lionhearts’ star Frazer Clarke earlier in the season. Should the scores be tied at 5-5 after their bout, fellow Super Heavyweights Solomon Dacres and Marin Mindoljevic will go toe-to-toe for the all-important tie-breaker.