World Series Boxing – Weekend Review
Only two of the Irish boxers saw action this weekend with Willie
McLaughlin and Sean Turner on opposing sides when Milano Thunder
hosted Los Angeles Matadors on Friday. The Italian squad moved to
joint top of Group B (with Moscow Dynamo) as a result of their 4-1
win against L.A
Donegal’s McLaughlin,who boxes out of the Illies GG BC made an
impressive start to his WSB career to overcome Zaal Kvachatadze of
Georgia on points, but Drimnagh’s Sean Turner lost out to Poland’s
Michal Olaz. He was though named “Buzz of the Week” of which more
later. News here from WSB’s owncorrespondents.
Showboating, KOs, devastating blows, solid defences and all round top
quality entertainment would summarise the second week of WSB action.
Baku Fires won in Istanbul to make it two wins in two. Dynamo Moscow
announced their arrival in devastating fashion and the match-up of the
week between Milan and LA showcased some of the best boxing around.
However it was the crushing defeat of the reigning champions ,John Joe
Nevin’s Paris United by Mexico City Guerreros that sent shockwaves
through the competition. The action was again top drawer.
The match of the week
The glamour of the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder met the glitz of the
Los Angeles Matadors in a clash of two teams with aspirations to win
the competition. A raucous crowd at the Mediolanum Forum greeted the
visiting team from Hollywood and the boxing on show was sumptuous from
start to finish. Veaceslav Gojan got proceedings under way with a
faultless display against another debutant in 18-year-old Edwin
Sandoval. Crowd favourite and local hero Domenico Valentino then took
to the ring and overcame the tough challenge of Leonid Malkov to put
the team from Italy 2:0 up. Irishman William McLaughlin ensured
victory for the home team with a tenacious and dogged display against
the tough Zaal Kvachatadze. Siarhei Karneyev got a win for the
Thrashing of the week
The Dynamo Moscow team made quite an impression following their
emphatic 5:0 demolition of the Venky’s Mumbai Fighters (inc Patrick
Gallagher) in Perm on Friday. It was Arslanbek Makhmudov who really
made his mark in the Heavyweight contest of the evening, sending his
opponent Trent Rawlins sprawling to the canvas with a thunderous
overhead right midway through the fourth round. Makhmudov caught
Rawlins flush in the jaw, a real sledgehammer of a shot. It was a
picture perfect end to a sumptuous evening in the packed 3,500-seater
Sukharev Sport Complex. This experience would have been a sobering one
for the Indians.
Fighter of the week
Normally this part would be reserved for an outstanding performer;
however the spotlight this week falls on Venky’s Mumbai Fighters
Siddarth Varma for his strange showboating antics in the ring against
Dynamo Moscow’s Eduard Husainov. Playing to the spectators all evening
and seemingly more intent on making himself noticed than actually
fighting the boxer in front of him, Varma continuously raised his
glove in salute to the crowd to the amusement of many onlookers.
Confident in his ability and with a swagger worthy of some of the
great boxers of the past, if Varma can concentrate on his boxing, WSB
could have a real entertainer in their ranks.
Buzz of the week
The most anticipated match of the weekend came following the buzz
surrounding the young Los Angeles Matadors’ Sean Turner. There was a
real excitement around the less than athletic looking Turner,
achieving almost immediate cult status. A good steady fighter with a
solid defence, Turner looked comfortable in the ring, dominating from
the centre of the canvas and doing some serious damage with some
stinging hooks. However stamina is an essential part of any boxer’s
make-up and midway through each round the positive Turner would sag
and leave himself exposed, a fact well exploited by Milan’s Michel
Olas. Despite losing, Turner’s demeanour and presence in the ring
ensured a new fan base for himself. Let’s hope he can learn from his
first WSB match and make his mark in the competition.
Sensation of the week
The Mexico City Guerreros looked unstoppable as they completely
exposed, dominated and crushed the reigning champions Paris United.
Pundits and experts alike could not have predicted such a resounding
victory for the Guerreros against the team from the French capital.
Elias Emigdio got proceedings under way, coming through a tough
contest with Alexsandr Riscan to record a split decision victory. Juan
Romero then bulldozed his way to a comprehensive win over WSB debutant
Mehdi Sellami. Following an accidental collision that severely cut
Juan Mercado in the first round of the Middleweight contest, the fight
with Adriani Vastine was ruled a technical draw. Then Swedish southpaw
Kennedy Katende sent the crowds at the Foro Polanco into raptures
after TKOing his opponent and making sure of the win for the home
team. Juan Hiracheta then closed out the evening by winning and led
the celebrations at the end of the 4:0 victory. No one will want to
face this team now.
The Astana Arlans vs. Bangkok and Wuxi Dragons vs. Leipzig Leopards
(Ken Egan and Con Sheehan) ties were both been cancelled, due to
flooding in Thailand and due to unforeseen circumstances respectively.