#WSBV Day 8 – Can British Lionhearts tame China Dragons away in Sanya?05 March 2015
After the British Lionhearts defeated China Dragons in week one of the World Series of Boxing (WSB), few would have expected the Franchise to only have won one more match before the second phase of the Regular Season.
That is exactly the case however, and the British team sit sixth in Group A, just one place above China who could go above them with a win at home.
The Chinese Franchise only have a single victory to their name this season, but the Lionhearts have failed to win in all of their four away matches.
One fact which will play into the favour of the British team is that none of China’s five fighters competing in Sanya have a WSB victory to their name.
Mangrovetree Convention Center, Sanya is the venue for this Group A clash, where on Friday 6th March fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 19:30 (GMT +8) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
China’s Flyweight (52 kg) Chang Yong, and two-time European medalist José Kelvin de la Nieve Linares both lost their opening WSB matches to Cuba’s Yosbany Veitia, and will see their clash against each other as a chance to gain an initial victory in the competition.
Jun Shan and Lightweight (60 kg) Lionheart Oualid Belaoura also both lost their only WSB contest in Season V to Lazaro Alvarez, which makes their match in Sanya a crucial one for the confidence of either fighter.
Chinese Welterweight (69 kg) Liu Wei then looks for his first victory in his third match of the campaign against Britain’s 2-1 Haizel Ekow Tabiri-Essuman who is edging near the top five of their weight class.
The action follows at Light heavyweight (81 kg) where China’s Yibulayin Abudureyimu makes his debut when he fights Britain’s 1-1 John Newell, whose lone win this season came via walkover.
One of the most exciting boxers in all of WSB competes in the last fight at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) when the number three ranked 3-0 Lionheart Joseph Joyce puts his undefeated record on the line against Serbia’s 0-1 Vladan Babic.