It is impossible to talk about the long and esteemed history of boxing without mentioning the talent produced by Great Britain over the years. The islands have one of the strongest boxing traditions in the world, making it a natural home for a strong side to challenge in the latest chapter of the sport, World Series of Boxing.
The British Lionhearts embody the kind of pride, passion and honor that is synonymous with the sport’s heroes, and led by the ever-classy Andrew Selby, the team reached third place in Group B in their debut season, beating Lomachenko and Usyk’s Ukraine Otamans along the way. Indeed, only the defending champions Italia Thunder and eventual winners Astana Arlans finished the regular season higher than the British outfit.
In the knockout rounds, however, Selby, Joe Joyce, Joe Ward and company were surprised by a spirited Mexico Guerreros side and their first WSB chapter closed with a 6-4 defeat, setting the scene for what was expected to be a rousing return in Season V.
The performances that followed proved to be somewhat below expectations, with the Lionhearts winning just 23 out of 70 bouts to finish seventh in Group A. The likes of Russian Boxing Team and Mexico Guerreros again proved too much of a handful, and a whitewash in the penultimate round at the hands of Cuba Domadores in the Copper Box, home of London 2012 Olympic champions, provided some harsh lessons for the British outfit, for whom super heavyweight Joe Joyce proved himself the team’s standout performer.