Ukraine defeated GB Lionhearts 4-1 in the World Series of Boxing
Last Updated: 12/01/13 2:22pm
Vasyl Lomachenko came on strong to beat Samuel Maxwell
The GB Lionhearts suffered a 4-1 defeat to a strong Ukraine side in their latest World Series of Boxing appearance.
Featuring Olympic champions Oleksandr Usyk and Vasyl Lomachenko the Ukrainians were always expected to earn the win.
Sean McGoldrick got the Lionhearts off to a great start by getting a split decision against bantamweight Ivan Ilnytskyy.
But double Olympic champion Lomachenko levelled the tie against Sam Maxwell, overcoming a slow start before a barrage in the fourth left the Briton needing a standing count.
Ukrainian southpaw Olexandr Stretskyy and flamboyant Scot Aston Brown were evenly matched but the former landed the cleaner shots to take the win, while light-heavyweight Oleksandr Gvozdyk dropped veteran Swede Babacar Kamara on the way to a one-sided win.
Osyk entertained the crowd with a fine victory over tenacious Tongan heavyweight Uaine Fa, who gave as good as he got but was ultimately outclassed by the brilliant Osyk.
The Lionhearts return to action at York Hall on Thursday when they take on USA Knockouts.