Barry boxing star Andrew Selby takes to the ring for British Lionhearts

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BARRY boxer Andrew Selby is set to make his third appearance for the British Lionhearts team, against the USA Knockouts tonight (January 17).

Andrew will be joined by reigning European Champion Joe Ward and Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin during the night at York Hall in London.

London’s Joe Joyce will box at heavyweight, and at middleweight Kaupo Arro of Estonia will make his debut for the Lionhearts after Wales’ Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans withdrew through illness.

Selby, Ward and Joyce are all unbeaten in the World Series of Boxing and will be making their third appearances of the season for the Lionhearts, who currently lie second in Group B of the competition.

The USA Knockouts team features London 2012 bronze medallist Michael Conlan of Ireland, and Daouda Sow of France, who won silver in Beijing. They are joined by William Williams at middleweight, light-heavyweight Marco Calic and Gibson Avery at heavyweight, as the USA looks for its first win of the season.

The line-ups means the bantamweight bout will be a re-match of the 2011 AIBA World Championship quarter-final between Andrew Selby and Michael Conlan, which Selby edged by a single point with a thrilling 25-24 victory.

Andrew, who turned 24 on Christmas Day, said: "Conlan is a very good boxer and the last time we met at the World Championships in 2011, it was one of the best bouts of the whole tournament so hopefully this one will be every bit as good.

"World Series of Boxing is a slightly different format but it will suit both of our styles and should make for a great contest.

"I am really enjoying the competition so far and after two good wins, feel I am really settling into it," he added.

"I'm looking forward to boxing again at York Hall."

Like Selby, Ireland’s Joe Ward is also unbeaten in this year’s competition and is yet to lose a round after two impressive victories in the Lionhearts’ wins over Italia Thunder and the German Eagles.

Ward said: "I’m thoroughly enjoying WSB and really like the five rounds. I feel it suits my style and gives me time to establish my authority on the bout.

"I enjoy being part of a top level team and part of a really exciting, competitive show. There is a bit of added pressure and excitement knowing you are boxing not only for yourself, but also for the team.

"The support has been really good so far and is improving with each match," he added.

"York Hall is an iconic venue and I look forward to boxing there."

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