Yet another highly exciting weekend in the WSB.
In the stand-out fixture of this World Series of Boxing (WSB) weekend,
Astana Arlans delight their home supporters with a hard-fought win
against Group A leaders the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder.
The Venky’s Mumbai Fighters move into quarter-final contention with
quality victory over Bangkok Elephants as Dynamo Moscow beat the Los
Angeles Matadors in Russia.
Istanbul Bosphorus outclass the visiting Leipzig Leopards and Baku
Fires power past Paris United as Germakhanov books his place for the
WSB Individual Championships in May.
You can relive all the matches on www.worldseriesboxingtv.com
Match of the week:
It was a real test of character for the Astana Arlans at the packed
Almaty Sports Palace on Friday evening as the top ranked team in Group
A the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder came to town for a clash of epic
proportions. 20-year-old Khabibulla Ismail-Akhunov worked hard but was
ultimately undone by the experienced Ukrainian southpaw Vitaliy Volkov
as Milano drew first blood to go ahead in the tie. Merey Akshalov who
started off slowly quickly found his range in the Lightweight contest
to outbox Miklos Varga and draw the match level.
Sergiy Derevyanchenko once again proved he is almost in a class of
his own with the valiant Astana’s Kanat Slam quickly running out of
ideas to break him down in their Middleweight match-up as the Italian
outfit went ahead for the second time in the match. Benchabla’s
tactical master class then frustrated Frenchman Ludovic Groguhé as the
scores were once again level with all eyes then turned to the
Heavyweight contest that would decide the outcome of this nail-biter.
Debutant Milano Cameroonian Romarick Ngoula Tangoum started off on the
front foot and his exuberant style seemed to be leaving him vulnerable
to Ruslan Myrsatayev’s counter-attacks. With both fighters throwing
lots of punches, this was anyone’s fight and the crowd was sensing the
drama as they cheered each fist that landed. In the fourth round,
Myrsatayev connected with a solid overhead right that landed hard on
Ngoula temple and form there, there was no way back. The TKO handed
Astana Arlans a well earned 3:2 victory, moving them level on points
with the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder team in Group A.
Fight of the week:
Billed as Chapter III in this enthralling saga, Astana’s Benchabla vs.
Milano’s Groguhé did not disappoint, with this fight on a real knife
edge throughout five excellent rounds of boxing action. The
intelligent Algerian Benchabla was tactically spot-on in this contest,
moving well and ensuring he kept Frenchman Groguhé at arm’s length
with some clever jabs. With Benchabla comfortable in the knowledge he
had won the first three rounds, Groguhé went on the rampage to try and
claw his way back into the fight. Although the Milano Light
Heavyweight orthodox fighter had his opponent in quite some trouble
late on, Benchabla combination punching was too good as he stuck to
his clever game plan to triumph.
Rest of the action:
Baku Fires remain simply unstoppable as Paris United’s resistance was
overcome in this Group B match. The Azeri pace-setters’ 3:2 victory
ensured they remain unbeaten this season. This was a bad-tempered
affair with seemingly a lot of bad blood left in between the two
teams, ever since Pairs United triumphed in last season’s semi-finals.
The contest looked like boiling over several times with both sets of
boxers going at it hard from the off. Baku Fires Gairbek Germakhanov
consolidated his place as the top ranked Bantamweight, to look almost
certain to fight at the WSB Individual Championships in May, after
defeating Samir Brahimi in the evening’s opening contest. 25-year-old
Abdelkader Chadi then drew Paris United level at 1-1 with a quality
display versus Madadi Nagzibekov.
Michel Tavares saw his hopes of reaching the Individual Finals dented
after succumbing to defeat against Heybulla Mursalov as Baku Fires
went 2-1 up in on the night. Ramazan Magomedau made it four wins out
of four this season for himself as he out-boxed Paris United’s
Croatian Hrvoje Sep to give the home team the overall victory.
Filip Hrgovic then reduced the deficit as he dominated his
Heavyweight rival Abdulkadir Abdullayev, but the night belonged to the
Baku Fires once again. Watch this match again LIVE on WSB TV
Dynamo Moscow were ruthless in the Russian capital as Bantamweight
Anvar Yunusov and rising Middleweight star Aleksandr Ivanov set the
tone to overawe the visiting Los Angeles Matadors.
This comprehensive victory for the home team sees them draw level on
points with Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder and Astana Arlans in Group
A, who they will each now face in the remaining two fixtures of the
regular season. The next fortnight will be a defining one in the race
to top this tightly contested Group.
The Venky’s Mumbai Fighters moved up to fourth place in Group B with a
convincing 4:1 victory over the Bangkok Elephants. Middleweight
Israeli Konstantin Snigour looked class as he gave the Mumbai team an
early lead at the T-Box Mobile Arena at the Inorbit Mall.
Leanid Charnabayeu came out on top in the Light Heavyweight contest to
earn himself a first victory this season and give the Indian Franchise
a 2-0 lead in the tie. Bantamweight Satjapron Jumroensan then clawed
one back for the visiting Bangkok Elephants as he convincingly
outpointed Mirbek Sherov.
Charly Suarez made sure of the win as he triumphed in the Lightweight
contest and Uaine Fa confirmed his growing reputation with a
sensational demonstration of power against Anatolii Antoniuk in the
Leipzig Leopards continue to struggle away from home as they taste
defeat once again, this time to the well-organised Istanbul Bosphorus.
The unpredictability of these two teams made it a very intriguing
contest; however no one could have predicted that the Turkish team
would have been so dominant on the night.
Veteran Huseyin Dundar was too good for Edgar Walth in the opening
Bantamweight fight before Bunyamin Aydin rocked Rashid Kassem in the
fourth round on his way to make it 2-0 for the Istanbul Bosphorus.
Jaba Khositashvili then showcased his skills to win against Patrick
Thomas Wojcicki and give the home team an unassailable lead for the
overall victory. Bahram Muzaffer surprisingly lost to Enrico Kölling
in the Light Heavyweight fight before Belarusian southpaw Viktar Zuyev
overwhelmed Alexander Overnov to give the Istanbul Bosphorus a
comprehensive 4:1 victory in Group B.
Boxer of the week:
Filipino newcomer Charly Suarez announced his arrival to the WSB
competition in explosive style as the 23-year-old orthodox Venky’s
Mumbai Fighters’ Lightweight spectacularly knocked-out his opponent.
Suarez had looked hungry from the first bell, hounding down his taller
rival throughout and when he unleashed a combination straight left to
the chin and a hard right hook to the face midway through round two,
Egkachai Prommaka hit the canvas and never recovered. Suarez was
punching the air in delight and that performance had the crowds in
raptures. He will be one to watch.
The Mexico City Guerreros vs. Beijing Dragons tie was postponed due to
problems with the issuing of visas for the visiting team. A new date
for the match will be announced shortly.
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