The disappointing form of the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) continued with a 4-1 home defeat to Ukraine Otamans in London.
This result was important for the Ukrainian Franchise who earned their first victory in four WSB matches, which keeps alive their chances of qualifying from Group A.
Ukraine started the match 1-0 up after British Light flyweight (49 kg) Ashley Williams could not compete in his match with Uzbekistan’s 5-0 number two ranked Hasanboy Dusmatov.
A Bantamweight (56 kg) clash between Britain’s Qais Ashfaq and Ukraine’s Mykola Butsenko was controversially stopped in the fifth round due to a cut suffered by Ashfaq, and the match was awarded to Butsenko.
Samuel Maxwell earned his third win of the season for the Lionhearts with a comfortable and entertaining points win over Light welterweight (64 kg) Mger Oganisian.
The Otamans secured the overall victory in fight number four as Heavyweight (91 kg) Denys Poyatsyka remained undefeated after his bout with Romania’s Ionut-Mirel Jitaru was stopped early.
A disappointing evening for the Lionhearts was made worse in the final match of the evening, when star Middleweight (75 kg) Anthony Fowler was outpointed by Hurshidbek Normatov.
British Lionhearts are at home again next week against Morocco Atlas Lions, while Ukraine Otamans host China Dragons.