The British Lionhearts World Series of Boxing will be touring their fixtures around the UK for 2018 edition of the premier amateur team competition for the first time. The World Series of Boxing (WSB) is an amateur tournament in a team franchise set-up, where squads of fighters will compete against other franchise teams in a league table format in a bid to qualify for the knockout stages. Each squad will feature 14 fighters with each fighter getting opportunities to fight at various stages of the tournament. The tournament has showcased many of the world’s elite amateur fighters previously such as Vasyl Lomachenko, Olexsandr Usyk and Joe Joyce to name but a few.
This year however the British Lionhearts will be vacating their traditional home venue of the York Hall in London and take their home fixtures to various parts of the UK. Fixtures will be taking place in Liverpool, Newport and the North-East of England, which will allow the public to take in the stars of tomorrow whether that is in the pro ranks or the Olympic games.
Matt Holt, Chief Executive of GB Boxing, which oversees the British Lionhearts team, explained: “WSB is a very high quality competition and we have made the decision to move the team around the country so that more boxing fans will have the opportunity to experience it for themselves and see boxers from their hometown competing in this format.
“We are very pleased to be taking WSB to such strong boxing heartlands as Liverpool, South Wales and the North East of England. The local authorities in each of these three areas have been extremely enthusiastic about hosting the Lionhearts and we are looking forward to working with them on these events and putting on a great show for boxing fans in the area.”
Tickets for these events are affordable to purchase and are value for money, with each bout contested under professional rules instead of the traditional amateur rules with vests.
The tournament also offers incentives for fighters such as automatic qualification to Olympic and World championship tournaments for the highest performing fighters, instead of gruelling qualifying campaigns.