Rob McCracken praises British Lionhearts performance in Mexico
Last Updated: 30/03/13 1:38pm
Sam Maxwell: A plucky performance from the boxer was not enough to prevent the Lionhearts' defeat
Great Britain performance director Rob McCracken has praised the British Lionhearts despite their defeat in the quarter-final of their debut World Series of Boxing season in Mexico.
The Lionhearts hopes of a last-four spot were ended courtesy of a 5-0 defeat in Foro Polanco on Friday, which enabled then event's hosts to overturn a 4-1 deficit from the first leg.
But McCracken felt the British side equipped themselves well throughout the competition.
"It was always going to be tough boxing at such high altitude against a strong Mexican team, and despite some creditable performances, the team just couldn't do enough to get a result on this occasion," he said.
"The World Series Of Boxing is a very tough competition which features many of the best young boxers in the world, and I think the Lionhearts have done well in their first season.
"The team was a match for anyone at home and some of our boxers have been among the best in the whole competition.
"The boxers in the GB boxing squad have enjoyed taking part in WSB and they have all learnt something and improved as a result of the experience."
In Friday's second leg, Sean McGoldrick and Sam Maxwell suffered points losses to Elias Emigdio and Juan Romero respectively with further points defeats for Kaupo Arro, Babacar Kamara and Uaine Fa sealing the Lionhearts' elimination.