PREVIEW: WSB Regular Season Week 3 (30 January)
The Atlas Lions meet the Lionhearts in a potential Classic in Casablanca
After defeats in their opening two World Series of Boxing (WSB) matches, Morocco Atlas Lions will be hoping to move up the Group A table when they host British Lionhearts.
The Lionhearts won their first WSB match against China Dragons, but lost against Ukraine Otamans in week two, and are looking to resume their winning ways away in Africa.
A marvelous venue hosts the action, and the watching fans at the Hyatt Regency, Casablanca will enjoy five fights of terrific action.
On Friday 30th January, fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 22:00 GMT at AIBABoxingTV.com.
The Light flyweights (49 kg) are in action first, where Moroccan National Champion Zouhair El Bekkali seeks his first WSB win of the season after losing his opening contest against Joahnys Oscar Argilagos Perez.
His opponent, the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Ashley Williams also lost his first match against China’s He Junjun, although the Welsh star improved as the fight progressed.
Lionhearts Bantamweight (56 kg) Qais Ashfaq is 1-0 after beating Diao Jianhao in week one, and he looks to maintain his undefeated record against 0-1 Mohamed VI Trophy winner Mohamed Hamout.
Morocco’s Hamza El Barbari lost his week one match against Cuba’s dominant Yasniel Toledo, and will hope to improve on his recent form in his Light welterweight (64 kg) clash with England’s Sam Maxwell who dominated Sairike Tuoliaowutayi in London.
AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Middleweight (75 kg) Anthony Fowler won his opening contest against Zhou Di, but suffered a severe cut in the process.
Just over two weeks from that fight, will the injury be healed enough for him to beat exciting Moroccan Said Harnouf.
In the last fight of the evening, Lithuanian Heavyweight (91 kg) Vitalijus Subacius represents the Atlas Lions, and the former AIBA World Championships quarter-finalist faces Romania’s British Lionhearts fighter Ionut-Mirel Jitaru, who lost his opening WSB match against Josip Bepo Filipi.
Can China Dragons pick up their first win of the season against Ukraine Otamans?
Week three of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) includes an intriguing Group A clash with China Dragons hosting Ukraine Otamans.
The returning Chinese Franchise have yet to win a match in the competition this season, while Ukraine are full of confidence having won their first two matches.
Therefore, the five bouts at the Mangrovetree Convention Center, Sanya will have huge importance for both teams, and on Friday 30th January, fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 19:30 (GMT +8) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
Chinese Light flyweight (49 kg) LI Jiahao makes his first WSB appearance of the season in fight number one, and he faces Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov representing the Otamans, who is 1-0 this season after an opening win against Joselito Velázquez Altamirano.
Dusmatov tired in the middle part of his fight against the Mexican, which Jiahao will look to take advantage of.
Ukrainian Bantamweight (56 kg) Mykola Butsenko, a former AIBA World Championships bronze medalist displayed just why he was ranked in the top ten of WSB last season as he won every single round against Mexico’s Sergio Alfredo Chirino Sánchez in week one.
He looks to go 2-0 against Diao Jianhao who is 0-1 having lost his opening match to England’s Qais Ashfaq.
China’s Light welterweight (64 kg) Sairike Tuoliaowutayi also lost his first WSB match to Samuel Maxwell, and will have to improve against Ukraine’s Dmytro Grynchenko who is making his first appearance of the season.
Huang Jiabin will hope to make a winning start to his WSB career, and the Dragons fighter competes in a magnificent Middleweight (75 kg) bout as he faces Uzbekistan’s Hurshidbek Normatov, who will look for his second win of the season for the Otamans after his opening victory against Misael Uriel Rodríguez Oliva.
The Heavyweights (91 kg) complete the action in Sanya, and China’s Li Mingtao, who has won many tournaments over the course his career, faces 2006 European Champion Denys Poyatsyka who didn’t drop a single round against Christian Demaj in his first WSB match.