The Russian Boxing Team aim for a clean sweep

The undefeated Russian Boxing Team will be looking to do the double over Venezuela Caciques on Friday evening and make it five wins from five in Season VI. The two highest ranked teams in Group C face each other in the Druzhba Sport Palace in Moscow.

The home team won’t have it all their way against the Venezuela Caciques, who trail them by just a point at the top of the table. Venezuela’s highly talented South American Youth Championship winner Franklin Jose Gonzalez takes on fellow flyweight Ovik Ogannisian in the first fight of the night. While Gonzalez won his opening Season VI fight with an impressive victory over Rafako Hussars Poland’s experienced WSB boxer Hamza Touba, Ogannisian lost his one and only encounter this season.

The undefeated Russian Boxing Team will be looking to do the double over Venezuela Caciques on Friday evening and make it five wins from five in Season VI. The two highest ranked teams in Group C face each other in the Druzhba Sport Palace in Moscow.

The home team won’t have it all their way against the Venezuela Caciques, who trail them by just a point at the top of the table. Venezuela’s highly talented South American Youth Championship winner Franklin Jose Gonzalez takes on fellow flyweight Ovik Ogannisian in the first fight of the night. While Gonzalez won his opening Season VI fight with an impressive victory over Rafako Hussars Poland’s experienced WSB boxer Hamza Touba, Ogannisian lost his one and only encounter this season.

In the lightweight division Adlan Abdurashidov provided one of the stories of Season V, with a string of world-class performances securing qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The 25-year-old Russian takes on Christian Palacio, who recorded an impressive victory on his WSB debut in Week 7, defeating the explosive Pole Mateusz Polski.

Two-time Season VI winner and Russian welterweight National Championship bronze medallist Albert Karibian will be favoured to make it a hatrick as he takes on Venezuela Caciques’ Victor Pinango. The 31 year old replaced WSB Boxer of Week 7 Balazs Bacskai in the Venezuela Caciques squad.

Top-ranked Russian light heavyweight Pavel Silyagin might be missing from Week 11, but compatriot Gamzat Gazaliev will still start as favourite in his bout versus Nalek Korbaj.

Silver medal winner in the famous Chemistry Cup, held in Germany last month, Andrey Afonin rounds off the action in his home country. The Russian faces Henrique Dos Santos Nascimento in the super heavyweight clash. The 1.93m Brazilian, who fights for Venezuela Caciques, was a thrilling winner in his debut WSB fight in Week 7.

The USA Knockouts gearing up for a crucial win as they chase a playoff place in Miami against the Morocco Atlas Lions

In search of a playoff place in Group B, the USA Knockouts have named a strong team, including Toronto 2015 Pan American Games gold medallist Antonio Vargas and 19-year-old lightweight sensation Carlos Balderas, for their match versus the Morocco Atlas Lions in Miami on Friday.

Vargas leads the home hopes in the Miccosukee Sports & Entertainment Dome taking on Achraf Kharroubi in a fascinating opening flyweight bout. While the Moroccan has already secured his spot for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the 19-year-old Vargas surprised many by failing to claim a qualification spot at the AIBA American Olympic Qualification Event in Buenos Aires in March.

There is no such worry for compatriot Carlos Balderas who sealed his 2016 place after winning four successive WSB fights in Season V. He takes on Morocco Atlas Lions’ Hamza Rabii, the younger brother of the AIBA World Champion Mohammed Rabii, in the lightweight division.

Victorious at the US National Olympic Trials, welterweight Paul Kroll will be keen to make up for his previous WSB performance, a disappointing home loss to Mexico Guerreros’ Francisco Armenta. The 20 year old will have his work cut out as he faces Morocco’s defending AIBA World Champion Mohammed Rabii, who went through Season V undefeated.

Fellow US National Olympic Trials winner Jonathan Esquivel will pit his skills against Hassan Saada in the light heavyweight bout. The US fighter enjoyed a winning WSB debut in Week 4, defeating Mexico Guerreros’ experienced Rogelio Romero.

Marlo Moore, the fourth US National Olympic Trials winner on the USA Knockouts team, takes on Ahmed Bourous in the super heavyweight class.

Just two points ahead of the Morocco Atlas Lions in Group C, it could be a nervy evening for the USA Knockouts and their fervent home supporters.

Powerful Rafako Hussars Poland eager to reward home crowd with a first win of Season VI against Argentina Condors

A reinvigorated Rafako Hussars Poland will be looking to put a season of disappointment behind them as they take on Argentina Condors in a Group C bottom-of-the-table clash in Mosir Debica, Krakow, on Friday evening.

Despite losing five out of five matches so far, the home team appear to be narrow favourites on paper, having named their strongest line-up of Season VI so far.

Poland’s national flyweight champion Maciej Jozwik makes his WSB debut. The 21 year old faces Argentina Condors’ Christian “La Joyita” Roda, who has had a mixed season so far, winning once and losing once.

Famed for his relentlessly attacking style, Mateusz Polski is liable to get the home crowd on its feet during his lightweight clash. The Baku 2015 European Games silver medallist faces Argentine Brian Nunez, who has lost both of his bouts this season.

Like his compatriot Nunez, Maximiliano Ocampo is yet to win in Season VI and faces a daunting opponent in the shape of Rio 2016-bound Steven Donnelly. The Irish welterweight, who fights for the Rafako Hussars Poland franchise, had a stunning year in 2015 to secure his Olympic spot and will be looking to make up for a disappointing defeat to Venezuela Caciques’ Balazs Bacskai in his previous WSB bout.

Arkadiusz Szwedowicz continues the trend of favored home fighters, with the 22-year-old, 1.84m light heavyweight expected to dominate Argentina Condors’ Juan Gabriel Rizzo.

The final bout of the night is an intriguing contest between 2015 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championship silver medallist Florian Schulz and the inexperienced but promising Argentine Kevin Nicolas Espindola. The German Schulz, who fights for Rafako Hussars Poland, will have to be at his best against the 19-year-old Espindola who dominated Venezuela Caciques’ veteran Edgar Ramon Munoz in his last WSB outing.

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