WSB: Mexico dominant with win against Poland; Azerbaijan clinical in victory over Argentina
Lausanne, Switzerland, 17 November 2012 – Hussars Poland unable to cope with speed and accuracy of Mexico Guerreros with fortress Foro Polanco living up to its name as Emigdio lead the hosts to victory as Alvarez Diaz, Cabrera Vergara and Munoz Gutierrez also record wins in breathtaking Group A match.
The home side flexed their muscle early on with 2012 Individual Championships finalist and veteran of two WSB seasons Elias Emigdio getting proceedings underway in the Bantamweight (54kg) contest versus Hussars Poland teenager Sylwester Kozlowski. The experience of the Guerreros orthodox fighter told as he subjected his opponent to a constant barrage of shots throughout the five rounds to storm to a resounding victory.
With the wind now firmly in their sales, Mexican Lightweight (61kg) Fernando Alvarez Diaz began at frenetic pace, applying constant pressure on Jacek Adam Wylezol of Hussars Poland in the next contest. The local boxer looked comfortable, dictating the tempo with the good use of the jab to give his team a 2-0 lead in the tie.
19-year-old southpaw Marvin Cabrera was next in the ring for the home side, he faced Mateusz Jerzy Tryc at Middleweight (73kg).The Guerreros teenager’s compact style and solid combination punches hurt his rival with the vicious body shots doing most of the damage. It was clinical and a joy to watch with the hosts now guaranteed the overall victory.
The dominance of Mexico Guerreros continued in the Light Heavyweight (85kg) riveting match-up between Isaac Munoz Gutierrez and the visitor’s Michal Gerlecki. The fans in the arena were treated to real boxing feast in this one with five high quality rounds. Notching up another win, the home team were on a real high with the score now reading 4-0.
Promising Polish Heavyweight (91+kg) Michal Olas, who made the switch over the summer from reigning WSB Team Champions Italia Thunder, showcased his power and confirmed his growing credentials in a sensational final bout. The 23-year-old Pole reduced the deficit for the Hussars with a demolition job of the experienced Venezuelan southpaw Jose David Payares. Early in the second round, Olas unleashed a punishing overhand right that floored his opponent and from there knocked him down twice more to win by TKO.
It was a sensational match that had it all and once again demonstrated the quality and calibre of the fighters in the world’s premiere boxing team competition.
Mexico Guerreros now travel to Argentina to face the Condors on Friday 23 November at Club Villa Lujan as Hussars Poland host Russia that same day.
Azerbaijan clinical in sumptuous victory over Argentina (5:0)
Lausanne, Switzerland, 17 November 2012 – It was a show of might as Azerbaijan Baku Fires overpowered Argentina Condors at the Olympic Sports Center ‘Serhedchi’ with big names Germakhanov, Selimov, Mursalov, Magomedau and Murtuzaliyev each inflicting defeat on visitors as last season’s semi-finalist claimed a resounding win.
In the night’s opening contest, it was the battle of the Bantamweights (54kg) as 2012 WSB Individual Champion Gairbek Germakhanov of Azerbaijan Baku Fires went head-to-head with 22-year-old Argentine London Olympian Alberto Ezequiel Melian. The orthodox Azeri fighter, last season’s top ranked boxer in the category, began brightly, applying the pressure and knocking down in his opponent down in the first. Germakhanov continued wearing him down with some precise shots to take the bout in style.
It was fast and furious in the Lightweight (61kg) contest as Russian southpaw and former AIBA World Champion Albert Selimov locked horns with WSB debutant Ignacio Perrin of Argentina Condors. It was a show of total dominance by the home boxer, whose know-how and ring savvy were too much for his counterpart. Outsmarting Perrin in each of the rounds with his movement, Selimov was full of swagger, giving a masterclass in the art of boxing as he cruised to victory. Azerbaijan Baku Fires were now leading 2-0 in the match.
In the next bout, the hosts lined-up another one of last season’s Individual Championships finalist with the impressive Middleweight (73kg) Heybulla Mursalov taking to the ring. A lot of punches were thrown by both boxers throughout the five rounds but it was those powerful hooks that made the difference as Argentina Condors’ Henrri David Polanco Ferreras struggled to contain numerous assaults. Victory in the tie was assured for Azerbaijan Baku Fires as Mursalov held out for a comprehensive win.
27-year-old Ramazan Magomedau then extended his undefeated WSB record to 11 wins after the Azerbaijan Baku Fires orthodox fighter dominated his Light Heavyweight (85kg) contest versus the accomplished Argentine Facundo Nahuel Simal. Magomedau boxed with panache in a bruising encounter. With both fighting at close quarters, Simal was cut above both eyes by the end of the fifth round and Azerbaijan Baku Fires had four wins on the board.
Putting a gloss on the overall victory, the home side’s experienced Heavyweight (91+kg) southpaw Haji Murtuzaliyev next defeated 26-year-old Maximiliano Alejandro Sosa. The Azerbaijan Baku Fires heavy-hitter cranked up the heat in the fourth round and several devastating combinations sent his rival hurt his rival who was sent down twice to the canvas as Murtuzaliyev won by TKO.
Next week, Friday 23 November, Argentina Condors host Mexico Guerreros at Club Villa Lujan with Azerbaijan Baku Fires travelling to Algeria to face the Desert Hawks.