Alnwick boxer Cyrus Pattinson is celebrating this week after being called up to the Great Britain squad for the World Series of Boxing.
Pattinson is one of 25 fighters named in the ‘British Lionhearts’ squad who will compete in the Europe and Middle East group with a home and an away match against Morocco Atlas Lions, Italia Thunder and the France Fighting Roosters.
All the home fixtures will be held at York Hall in London and the dates are:
v Morocco Atlas Lions - Wednesday, March 8;
v Italia Thunder - Thursday, March 23;
v France Fighting Roosters - Thursday, April .
The new season of WSB begins for the Lionhearts on Thursday, February 9 when the team takes on Italia Thunder in Rome.
This will be followed by a trip to Paris to face the France Fighting Roosters on Thursday, February 23.
All Lionhearts fixtures this season will be shown on BoxNation.
Rob McCracken, GB Boxing’s Performance Director and Head Coach of the British Lionhearts, said: “WSB is a very tough competition and the squad is a little different to the one that did so well last year so for a lot of the boxers this is going to a be a new experience and a real test of how well they are developing.
“The WSB shows are always excellent events and the quality of the boxing is very good so I am sure the boxers will enjoy being part of the Lionhearts team and competing in front of their home crowd at York Hall in London.”