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Double Olympic Champion Vasyl Lomachenko steps in for WSB debut; British Lionhearts head to Ukraine



 Double Olympic Champion Vasyl Lomachenko steps in for WSB debut; British Lionhearts head to UkraineLausanne, Switzerland, 10 January 2013 – After Dmytro Rudenko fell ill on the day of the Ukraine Otamans versus British Lionhearts weigh-in, two-time AIBA World Champion and undisputed pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko will step in to make his long-awaited World Series of Boxing (WSB) debut when he faces England’s Sam Maxwell in Saturday’s Lightweight (57-61kg) contest.

24-year-old Lomachenko is now a fully fledged boxing superstar after adding the London 2012 Olympic Lightweight (60kg) gold medal to the Featherweight (57kg) one he claimed in such style at the 2008 Beijing Games.

The two-time AIBA World Champion, after triumphing both in Milan in 2009 and in Baku in 2011, is one of the world’s most feared boxers.

The electric southpaw has one of the finest pedigrees on the planet and fans worldwide will rejoice at the prospect of seeing him light up the WSB competition.

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British Lionhearts head to Ukraine for first action of 2013

The British Lionhearts will take-on the Ukraine Otamans in Kiev tomorrow in the team’s first competitive outing of 2013 in the World Series of Boxing.

Sean McGoldrick from Wales, Sam Maxwell from England and Scotland’s Aston Brown will box in a tough away fixture for the Lionhearts alongside international selections Babacar Kamara of Sweden and Tonga’s Uaine Fa.

The match is the fifth fixture of the season for the British Lionhearts who currently sit second in Group B of the World Series of Boxing on nine points with three wins and one defeat. The Otamans are fifth in the table with five points following one win and three defeats.

The contest, which will be held in the Acco International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, begins at 10.00pm (GMT) on Friday 11th January 2013 and is being televised live on ESPN at Sky SD/HD 417, Virgin 529, Virgin HD 530, BT Vision / Top Up TV / Freeview Channel 34.

It can also be watched live online at http://www.youtube.com/user/WorldSeriesBoxing.

The full line-up is:

Ukraine Otamans

British Lionhearts

Bantamweight (54kg)

Ivan ILNYTSKYY
Vs
Sean MCGOLDRICK

Lightweight (61kg)

Dmytro RUDENKO
Vs
Sam MAXWELL

Middleweight (73kg)

Olexandr STRETS’KYY
Vs
Aston BROWN

Light-heavyweight (85kg)

Oleksandr GVOZDYK
Vs
Babacar KAMARA

Heavyweight (91kg+)

Oleksandr USYK
Vs
Uaine FA

The Lionhearts return to London next week, when a team containing Olympic silver medallists Fred Evans and John Joe Nevin boxes the USA Knockouts at York Hall in London on Thursday 17th January 2013. Tickets prices start at £20 and can be purchased at www.britishlionhearts.com or from York Hall.

Established in 2010, the World Series of Boxing is a national team boxing competition made-up of 12 teams from across the world. A WSB match between two international franchises consists of bouts in five weight categories: bantamweight (54kg), lightweight (61kg), middleweight (73kg), light-heavyweight (85kg) and heavyweight (91kg+).

Competitors box without vests and head guards and the WSB scoring system is based on the ‘ten point must system’. Each bout is decided by the scores of three judges or by a knockout, technical knockout, disqualification or walk over. There are five three-minute rounds in each bout and the team that wins the most number of bouts wins the match.