Lausanne, Switzerland, 13 December 2012 – After their humbling defeat away to Kazakhstan in week three, the British Lionhearts have recalled their big names for the battle versus German Eagles in London this Friday 14 December (20:00 local time) at Earls Court. Welsh wizards Andrew Selby and Fred Evans, along with Joe Ward, Joseph Joyce and WSB debutant Sam Maxwell will all want to get their team back to winning ways before the winter break.
The first bout of the evening will be the Lightweight (57-61kg) showdown between Great Britain’s Maxwell and Germany’s rampaging 25-year-old David Oliver Joyce. It promises to be a rough introduction to life in WSB for Maxwell, who will have to be on top of his game against the dangerous Irishman. Joyce has two seasons now under his belt and boasts a 3-1 record in the competition, with his only defeat one of the narrowest in WSB history, with two judges scoring the bout as a draw. The two will know each other inside out so it will be close.
Joyce told WSB, “I know Sam very well; he is a top class boxer. He is a good puncher so I will need to constantly be on my toes. I am more experienced in this competition and want the victory to repay the faith shown in me by the German Eagles”.
Afterwards, it will the turn of the Light Heavyweights (80-85kg) to take to the ring with European and former Youth World Champion Ward set to battle 22-year-old German Satula Abdulai. The Eagles’ orthodox fighter is a late replacement for Kevin Künzel, who withdrew through injury. Teenager Ward, one of the most exciting talents on the planet, looked at ease in the pro format, completely outclassing Imre Szello in his previous outing. Abdulai on the other hand, represents an unknown quantity. The Lionhearts’ accomplished Irishman should dominate this one.
2011 AIBA World Championships silver medallist Selby will then lock horns with French pro boxer Redouane Asloum at Bantamweight (50-54kg). 23-year-old Selby is, to many, one of the most technically gifted boxers in the world, constantly switching stance, he has the ability to throw sublime shots from almost any angle. The experienced 31-year-old Frenchman will have to box at his counter-punching best in order to put pressure on Selby with the odds favouring the home team’s speedy fighter.
At Middleweight (68-73kg), it will be 2012 Olympic silver medallist and European Champion Evans versus German newcomer Vjaceslav Kerber. The Welsh southpaw is fast and furious, and has a vast repertoire of shots in his arsenal. He is however susceptible to lapses in concentration which can leave him exposed; the 21-year-old though should be too strong for his opponent here.
The show will be brought a close when the home team’s Joyce faces Philip Grüner at Heavyweight (91+kg). The tall British 27-year-old orthodox boxer looked really controlled in his previous outing for the team, dominating seasoned pro Matteo Modugno. Grüner, it is expected, will be in damage limitation mode in this one.
Joseph Joyce was bullish about this bout, stating, “I am not worried, some nervous excitement maybe, but I am confident that I am ready. I have had plenty of sparring to prepare, with Anthony Joshua as my partner, so I have been training with the very best. I have loads of people from my boxing club coming to Earls Court to watch me; it will definitely give me the edge”.
Eagles Head Coach Valentin Silaghi was looking forward to the match, declaring, “We have worked hard to give our boxers the best possible preparation for this one. After lots of video analysis, we came up with a gameplan for each boxer. The aim will be to counter the threat posed by this fantastic British Lionhearts team. We are a tight knit group and are highly motivated for this match. We are ready”.
With their fearsome quintet, the British Lionhearts will want to do the business in front of their expectant crowd. The German Eagles have two debutants in their ranks so should struggle to contain the power of their opponents.
Full-strength Poland host Algeria
Lausanne, Switzerland, 13 December 2012 – This Group A encounter will see a strong Hussars Poland host an experienced Algeria Desert Hawks team at the Torwar Sport Center in Warsaw on Friday 14 December (20:00 local time). The home team impressed when they last boxed in Poland, earning a hard-fought victory against a tough Russian outfit. With the impending visit of Algeria, Hussars have named four of their winning fighters, including team spearhead Michal Olas, to face the North African Franchise.
The night’s action will open with the Bantamweight (50-54kg) showdown between Polish southpaw Mateusz Mazik and Algeria’s London 2012 Olympian Mohamed Flissi. With both being tactical boxers, it promises to be an intriguing contest. With a fervent home crowd expected, the onus will be on Mazik to deliver, but he will have to constantly be on his guard with Flissi a very slippery customer.
The Lightweight (57-61kg) clash will see Poland teenager Dawid Pawel Michelus make his WSB debut against another of Algeria’s London Olympians, 25-year-old Mohamed Amine Ouadahi. The odds will favour the away boxer; however you can never predict the outcome of these types of fights with it being so competitive at this level.
Ouadahi was confident about travelling to Poland, saying, “I have been working overtime in order to be ready for this fight, I cannot wait to get started. It is Algeria’s first season in WSB so it has taken us time to settle but we are now ready to come good”.
Exciting talent Tomasz Jablonski, one of the poster-boys of the Polish team, will be looking to extend his winning streak this season when he battles Algeria’s Sofiane Tabi in the Middleweight (68-73kg) bout. The 23-year-old Pole was sensational in his last outing when he inflicted a first WSB career defeat on Russia’s Aleksandr Ivanov, outboxing the season two star in some style. Tabi has lost twice already so the Hussars will be counting on their man to win this one.
Belarusian Sergei Kuzmin will then be taking to the ring for the Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) contest with the 23-year-old Hussars boxer pitted against Nabil Kassel of Algeria. It will be a close call to see who comes out victorious, but Kuzmin does have a slight reach advantage and that could be the deciding factor on the night.
Poland team leader Michal Olas will bring the show to a close when the talented orthodox 23-year-old locks horns with the Desert Hawks’ top Heavyweight (91+kg) Chouaib Bouloudinats. This is one of the weekend’s most highly anticipated fights. The Pole is the taller of the two so Bouloudinats will have to be at his best to have any chance of defeating his rival.
Olas was keen to share his thoughts, “I feel in top shape and well prepared for this fight. I have trained very hard and cannot wait for Friday. The atmosphere in the team is excellent, we are all very focused and are looking for maximum points in front of our fans. We know it will be hard with Algeria lining up their best boxers but we want to build our on momentum to give us even more confidence for next year”.
It promises to be an electric night with both teams putting their big names into the ring. With the competition being so tight, each victory is worth its weight in gold, and these two will be gunning for precious points.
Ukraine seeking first season victory versus USA
Lausanne, Switzerland, 12 December 2012 – With both teams still winless after three fixtures, Ukraine Otamans and USA Knockouts will be going all out to claim their maiden World Series Boxing (WSB) victory when they face each other this Friday 14 December (20.00 local time) at the Terminal in Brovary. With home advantage, the Otamans will be hoping their foursome of debutants and Ivan Golub do the business against a team boasting some very experienced campaigners.
Ukraine’s 23-year-old Viktor Gogolyev will be taking to the ring in the first contest of the evening to face uncompromising Mexican Bantamweight (50-54kg) Braulio Avila Juarez. The Knockouts’ orthodox fighter, now in his third season in WSB, is a fast and intelligent operator who relishes a battle at close quarters. Avila Juarez’s 7-4 record could be misleading, when you consider his last two defeats were split decision losses. This one will really test Gogolyev’s mettle.
Volodymyr Matviychuk of Ukraine will also be making his competitive bow during the match; the Otamans Lightweight (57-61kg) orthodox will battle none other than French 2008 Olympic silver medallist Daouda Sow in the evening second bout. The Knockouts’ latest recruit, with a 12-0 record in the pro ranks, has been eager to test himself in this tough league (Read his interview).
The Classy Frenchman told us, “After turning pro following the Beijing Games, I felt a tinge of regret at the fact that I would never be able to relive that experience. Now with WSB, there is a chance that I could qualify for Rio 2016. It gives me so much motivation. The competition is really tough but I know I can get there with hard work”. On the opposition, he added, “Ukraine produces a huge number of quality boxers so the team this Friday is guaranteed to be strong. Without having been able to find much information on Matviychuk, I will focus on my strength and weaknesses and adapt to him”.
The most experienced boxer in the Ukrainian line-up will be Middleweight (67-73kg) Golub following his solitary appearance in the competition, when he defeated German Eagles’ Xhek Paskali over five rounds. The 23-year-old Otamans fighter will be pitted against another southpaw, American Jeffrey Camp.
The Ukrainian was eager to get in the ring, declaring, “We have been training really hard for this one, the sparring has been quality and I feel in top shape. I am very confident in both myself and our gameplan, our team will win and I will beat Jeffrey Camp”.
Two newcomers to the competition will then go toe-to-toe at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) with Denys Solonenko versus the Knockouts’ 27-year-old Bosnian Dzemal Bosnjak. The Ukrainian fought once in the pro ranks and won his contest in style, now he is looking to delight the home fans with his brand of no-holds barred action.
The final contest of the night will see tall Viktor Vykhrest of Ukraine locking horns with 21-year-old Irish Sean ‘Showtime’ Turner at Heavyweight (91+kg). The height and reach of the home boxer should be enough to see off the threat posed by the 21-year-old orthodox fighter from Ireland.
Backed by their supporters, the inexperienced Ukraine Otamans should have enough about them to overcome the challenge posed by the impressive outfit from USA.