It was a quality night's action in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group B as British Lionhearts came out on top in a riveting match against Astana Arlans Kazakhstan at the iconic York Hall in London. The Welsh duo of Andrew Selby and Fred Evans were made to work hard for their victories as Joseph Joyce put the gloss on a scintillating performance by the home team with a sensational defeat of WSB Champion Filip Hrgovic.
The night began with the Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) contest as the Arlans' Croatian heavy-hitter Hrvoje Sep came out of the blocks firing, throwing a huge number of punches as he stamped his authority on proceedings early on against Swedish 31-year-old Babacar Kamara. The two went toe-to-toe in the second but the sheer volume of shots being aimed by Sep saw him continue to dominate as he worked effectively at close quarters. The crowd were enjoying Sep's all action style as he nullified Kamara's big height advantage by working him on the inside, one sumptuous right uppercut lighting up the third round. Sep continued with his unrelenting assaults in rounds four and five as he claimed a third victory of the season in style to move provisionally up to first in the individual rankings and give his team the early lead in the tie.