Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick his World Series of Boxing bout against Ukrainian Ivan Ilnytskyy but his four team-mates were unable to follow his lead.
McGoldrick began the night in fine form, winning the favour of two judges to take the British Lionhearts into an early lead. Unfortunately, the Otamans had Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko on their side, Olympic champions that made light work of Uaine Fa and Samuel Maxwell respectively. Middleweight Aston Brown lost out to Olexandr Strets’kyy on unanimous points decision and the night was over for Britain by the time light heavyweight Babacar Kamara fell to Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
It continues to be a mixed season for the British Lionhearts, following on from a 4-1 win against the German Eagles but a close return to the 5-0 whomping given to them by the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan. Even so, the Lionhearts lie second in Group B with three wins and two losses. The news is good for McGoldrick too, as he’s currently third in the bantamweight category with two unbeaten performances, both away from home.
Next week, the Lionhearts host the USA Knockouts. The five matches, taking place at the York Hall Leisure Centre in London, will see Olympians Andrew Selby and silver medallist Fred Evans.