Top of the table, unbeaten and with 24 wins out of 30 regular Season VI bouts, the Russian Boxing Team is the WSB franchise to fear as the competition prepares for its knockout stages. Just a day after beating Venezuela Caciques 4-1, the host franchise returned to the Academy Boxing Gym in Moscow and defeated Argentina Condors 5-0.
Famed for the scarcely credible power of his right hooks, Russian flyweight Bator Sagaluev was a heavy favourite in the first contest of the night against teenage WSB debutant, Nicolas Alfonso. The Baku 2015 European Games gold medallist proved the pundits right, as he cruised to a comfortable win against the Argentinean.
Fellow Baku 2015 European Games champion, Bakhtovar Nazirov took over in the bantamweight category. Argentina Condors’ unheralded Piero Carloni did momentarily surprise Nazirov with some strong body shots in the first round, but having gathered himself, the 21-year-old Russian went on the attack in round two and won by TKO in round three.
It was a far closer affair in the light welterweight class. Home boxer Avak Uzlian was, in the end, thankful for the three round lead he built at the start of the contest, as Argentina Condors’ Ronan Nahuel Sanchez came storming back to claim both the fourth and fifth rounds.
Sanchez’s compatriot Christian Zarate endured a frustrating time in his middleweight clash with former EUBC European Confederation Champion, Maxim Koptyakov. The experienced Zarate was never able to get inside the Russian’s defence and lost all five rounds 10:9.
The difference in class was pronounced in the closing contest, as 1.95m tall Sergey Kalchugin, who has fought internationally for 10 years, dominated his inexperienced Argentina Condors opponent, Dario Alcapan.
Argentina Condors finish bottom of Group C, despite winning two of their six matches, while the Russian Boxing Team advances to face Uzbek Tigers in the quarter-finals, a mouth-watering clash.
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan avoid the powerful Russian franchise in the playoffs thanks to a stunning 4-1 win over rivals Uzbek Tigers
Defending WSB team champions Astana Arlans Kazakhstan triumphed in a winner-takes-all, top-of-the-table clash against Uzbek Tigers in Oskemen, Kazakhstan.
The two teams may have already both secured Season VI playoff places ahead of Saturday night’s match but Astana Arlans Kazakhstan’s 4-1 win has the vital consequence of meaning they will avoid the strong-looking Russian Boxing Team in the first round of playoffs.
Kazakh national flyweight champion Azat Makhmetov was first on show for the home team. The debutant faced Uzbek Tigers’ Abrorjon Kodirov, who won on his previous WSB outing. Makhmetov, however, was on the front foot from the first bell and, backed by a stinging jab, the 24 year old won the first three rounds convincingly before Kodirov was forced to pull out injured.
For personal reasons Astana Arlans Kazakhstan’s slated lightweight Zakir Safiullin pulled out of the contest. With his replacement Bekdaulet Ibragimov also unable to fight, the Uzbek Tigers’ Elnur Abduraimov was granted a walkover.
This meant that Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, who started the match behind the Uzbek Tigers on points, needed to win all the remaining three contests to finish first in the group.
Experienced WSB welterweight Aslanbek Shymbergenov was the first to take this task on. The 22 year old took on the highly rated Ukrainian teenager Makhmud Gaipov, winner of Europe’s biggest AOB international event, the Strandja Memorial Tournament, one month ago. Shymbergenov called on all his experience to defuse Gaipov’s biggest weapons and emerged as a relatively comfortable points winner.
Twice Kazakh national heavyweight champion Arman Rysbek has broad shoulders and settled in to his bout against 2011 ASBC Asian Confederation Boxing Championships gold medallist Shuhrat Abdullaev with relish. The Kazakh was rarely troubled in a points win.
It was left to Astana Arlans Kazakhstan’s powerful super heavyweight Kamshybek Kunkabayev to finish the job. Thanks to his impressive footwork, the big man managed it, beating Uzbek Tigers’ Mirzohidjon Abdullaev in five rounds of entertaining action.
Four debutants drive the youthful Türkiye Conquerors to a 4-1 season-closing victory over Ukraine Otamans in Group A
A young, hungry Türkiye Conquerors team, featuring four WSB debutants, proved too strong for the Ukraine Otamans in the final Group A regular season match.
The Ukraine Otamans had already secured the second Group A playoff spot, behind leaders Cuba Domadores, before the bout started leaving the Türkiye Conquerors competing for pride – a commodity that was on ample display from a team featuring three 19 year olds, a 20 year old and the wise old head, 22-year-old Burak Askin.
Flyweight Omer Koc led off this youthful brigade, making his first WSB appearance against the experienced Ukranian Denys Shkarubo. Urged on by the vocal Istanbul support, Koc grew into the contest after a nervous start. In the end the Turkish athlete’s greater weight of power was decisive, as he claimed rounds 3-5 by unanimous decision.
Hakan Dogan may have been the second of Türkiye Conquerors’ four debutants, but his supreme physical condition belied his stature as a novice. The AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist dominated the final two rounds of his bout with Ukraine Otamans’ Viktor Slavinskyi, to claim a second win on the bounce for the Turkish franchise.
In a rare turnout for this match-up, Türkiye Conquerors’ welterweight Serhat Guler had the edge on experience in his bout against Ukraine Otamans’ debutant Vasyl Rybalka – Guler having fought in Week 3 of the current WSB season.
The Turkish fighter’s punishing jab wore Rybalka down before a lightening combination in the fourth, gave the 19-year-old home favourite a win by TKO.
The Youth Olympian Burak Aksin stepped up for his WSB debut comfortable in the knowledge that his team had already won the night. The light heavyweight contest that followed was a close affair but ultimately Ukraine Otamans’ former EUBC European Junior Champion Vladyslav Mykhailov went the way of his teammates, falling to defeat.
Facing the prospect of a second whitewash in three days – after the franchise lost 5-0 to Cuba Domadores in Havana on Thursday night – Ukraine Otamans’ super heavyweight Rostyslav Arkhipenko stepped into the ring. The 24 year old rescued some pride for his team, beating the Türkiye Conquerors’ fourth debutant Eren Uzun by TKO in the fourth round.
The win saw Türkiye Conquerors jump ahead of the China Dragons to finish the season third in Group A.