Astana Arlans Kazakhstan is looking to cement their WSB legacy in their fifth match in Season VI when they host their Group D rivals the Puerto Rico Hurricanes. The Kazakhstan franchise could secure their place in the play-offs if they beat the Central America team in the city of Petropavlovsk which is located in the Northern region of the country.
The boxers to watch:
Mardan Berikbayev will compete at the Light Flyweight class (49 kg) in the Petropavlovsk event. The 25-year-old Kazakh boxer will have a realistic chance to beat the Central American boxer, 19-year-old John Ortiz who won the Juan Venegas Tournament last December.
Kazakhstan National Championships silver medallist Nursultan Kochshegulov, an experienced Bantamweight class (56 kg) will be the favourite against 19-year-old Edgardo Rolon who lost both of his first Season VI contests.
Kazakhstan’s new teenage talent Abilkhan Amankul was named ASBC Youth Athlete of the Year in 2015 following his unbeaten series in four strong international tournaments and for the very first time the 19-year-old Middleweight class (75 kg) boxer will represent Astana Arlans Kazakhstan. Amankul knocked out a tough opponent in the Bocskai Memorial Tournament last month and he is very motivated before his WSB debut against Puerto Rico Hurricanes’ Dominican boxer Raul Sanchez who is member of the national team since 2010.
Coach Nurlan Akurpekov’s new choice at the Heavyweight class (91 kg) is the Liventsev Memorial Tournament winner Yerkin Mukhametzhan in Astana Arlans Kazakhstan who won his opening WSB match against an experienced fighter from Azerbaijan Baku Fires’ Haji Murtazaliyev. The 21-year-old orthodox local boxer is planning to win his second WSB contest in Season VI against Puerto Rico Hurricanes’ Ivan Rosado.
In Group B, the first place is already sealed by the British Lionhearts but everything is still open for the n°2 spot between the USA Knockouts and the Mexico Guerreros. The USA Knockouts will need to beat its Southern neighbour this weekend to secure the place to the play-offs. The Guerreros on their side need a landslide victory to overtake the USA Knockouts. Emotions will be running high in Mexico.
In their previous encounter, the Mexican franchise lost to their rivals USA Knockouts 4-1 in the last match of week 4 in the Miccosukee Sports & Entertainment Dome in Miami but their boxers will seek revenge in Aguascalientes. Their recent away victory against Morocco Atlas Lions which was their second success in Season VI has kept their chance alive to reach the play-offs.
The Match Up’s to Watch
Mexico Guerreros’ top Light Flyweight class (49 kg) boxer Joselito Velasquez is still injured, therefore 19-year-old Elwin Soto will have the chance to fight for a second time in Season VI of the World Series of Boxing and confirm his potential.
Southpaw Elwin Soto was defeated by Morocco Atlas Lions’ Imad Ahyoun in his debuting match and will now meet with a taller opponent, USA Knockouts Colombian teenager Hernan Alarcon who also lost his opening Season VI contest so one of them will be chasing their first WSB triumph on Saturday night.
Light Welterweight class (64 kg) Roberto Zariñana is a newcomer in the Mexico Guerreros line up and the 25-year-old boxer will display his skills against USA Knockouts’ Ringside Tournament winner younger Robby Gonzales on Saturday.
The third Colombian boxer of the night will be Jorge Luis Vivas who qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the recent AIBA American Olympic Qualification Event held in Argentina and he is now ready to win another important bout in Mexico. Mexico Guerreros’ Colombian Middleweight class (75 kg) boxer will be facing with USA Knockouts’ Ecuadorian Gustiniano Mina who has been fighting in the international level since 2010.