By Jacob Smith
Super Heavyweight, Frazer Clarke, helped secure an impressive 5-0 victory over the Italia Thunder at York Hall on Thursday.
The Lionhearts had previously lost to Italia Thunder 3-2 in Milan on the opening fixture of the competition. BoxNation televised the packed-out York Hall which also saw the highly-rated prospect Calum French achieve victory on his WSB (World Series Boxing) debut.
Excellent @WSB_Boxing debut from @calumfrench_ makes it 2-0
— British Lionhearts (@Brit_Lionhearts) March 23, 2017
The Lionhearts attended the House of Commons on Wednesday unfortunately witnessing the terror events that unfolded at Westminster. Clarke and his team-mates had to stay in the parliamentary building five hours until the commotion had settled. Clarke expressed how important it was important for the team to have fought on Thursday;
“After what we have seen yesterday it was important that we got in there and fought today. People have lost family and friends this week. We are the lucky ones and had every reason to get in there and compete. Thank god we were all fine.”
Clarke was speaking after his victory closed the show in Bethnal Green but had to pick himself up off the canvas in round two. The WSB scoring system differs from professional boxing so the knockdown only meant a 10-9 round loss rather than a 10-8, which most definitely helped in his comeback;
“Today I made hard work of it. We’ve have had a difficult 24 hours but that is no excuse. I’m a professional and should have handled that better. If I did everything I was taught in the gym then that fight would have been no problem, but I will learn from it and come back better”.
Clarke is now boasting a 7-0 record in the WSB which is a testament to where the team is at in general. There’s two remaining fixtures left for the Lionhearts. A victory over the France Fighting Roosters on the 6th of April would secure progression through to the quarter finals stage.
Great win for @Brit_Lionhearts in @WSB_Boxing last night! France next up at York Hall on 6 April: https://t.co/JMUR3vf21j pic.twitter.com/UeSgkgNaZB
— British Lionhearts (@Brit_Lionhearts) March 24, 2017
The Lionhearts close their Group B campaign against bottom placed Morocco Atlas Lions. The Atlas Lions are without a victory so far and are unable to qualify for the latter stages due to their current points tally. The venue is yet to be decided but the Lionhearts will be hoping to put the cherry on top of the cake with victory out in Morocco.
BoxNation will be televising the remaining two fixtures which is all but certain to see the Lionhearts cement their place into the quarter finals.
Tickets are available to support the Lionhearts via this link: http://tickets.sky.com/Boxing/World-Series-of-Boxing-VII