Mexico 2-3 Russia
Polyanskiy’s KO debut
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 1, 2014 – With the Russian Boxing Team already through to the Playoffs, they chose to give some ring-time to three new boxers, all of whom impressed. None more so however than Dmitriy Polyanskiy who exploded into the World Series of Boxing (WSB) with a first round KO over experienced Mexican opponent Fernando Alvarez.
The Flyweights (52kg), Lightweights (60kg), Welterweights (69kg), Light Heavyweights (81kg) and Super Heavyweights (91+kg) contested this match.
Bout of the match
Elias Emigdio and Ovik Ogannsian put on an excellent show for boxing fans at Flyweight. In a very spirited performance, the debutant Russian did extremely well against the 2013 WSB Boxer of the Year. For a while in fact he was ahead in the scores. Emigdio had to dig really deep and draw on all of his experience to pull the bout back in the final round against the southpaw. Ogannsian looks like one for the future for the Russians, whilst Emigdio takes his WSB record to an impressive 17-3, which places him firmly in the ranks of the WSB’s top pound for pound performers of all time.
Boxer of the match
Lightweight Dmitriy Polyanskiy caused one of the upsets of the season when he KO’d the experienced Fernando Alvarez on his debut. Alvarez finished last season as the number eight ranked Lightweight and came into the bout with a 3-2 record. The Russian looked extremely confident as he walked out though. Alvarez started very brightly, landing multiple combinations on his opponent who hid behind his guard. The Mexican boxer threw close to forty punches in the opening minute, the Russian threw three. The third one was the first to connect and took the form of a vicious and perfectly timed uppercut to the body, which the Mexican walked right into. Such was the force of the blow that the Guerrero dropped to his knees, and there he remained for the full count and indeed for some time after. Thus just a minute into the contest and in possibly the most efficient piece of boxing we have ever seen on a punch to KO ratio, Polyanskiy introduced himself to the boxing world. Was it a flash in the pan, or can he repeat the performance? Only time will tell; but it will be worth tuning into AIBAboxingTV to find out.
The turning point
When Light Heavyweight Eduard Yakushev of Russia took on Petru Ciobanu of the Mexico Guerreros, the match was hanging by a thread at two wins to each team. However, the experienced Russian is just the sort of boxer a team wants to have in their line-up at such a moment. A three season veteran with a record of 6-2, Yakushev faced his Moldovan counterpart with confidence from the beginning and managed to secure a solid points victory. Ciobanu now slips to an uncomfortable 0-3 in the WSB.
Quote of the match
“We know how effective body shots can be, but that was a particularly painful one to take” – Our commentator on the Polyanskiy uppercut.
Star Mexican Boxer Marvin Cabrera got back to winning ways against 21 year old WSB debutant Alim Gadzhiev. In so doing he atoned for his only WSB loss to date which he suffered on his last outing. This brought his record to 8-2, giving him a current rank of 7th in the Welterweight Category.
Unfortunately there was a Walkover at Super Heavyweight with Gerardo Bisbal pulling out at the last minute to give the Russians an uncontested victory in that bout.
Coming up next
The Mexico Guerreros are now out of the competition for this year. The team has a long break until Season V starts in November to try to bring in reinforcements and launch a more effective campaign next year. Russia is through however; who their next opponent is remains unclear as they still have a match in hand but it looks likely to be either the Ukraine Otamans or the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder.