Cuba Domadores have been the most dominant Franchise in Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) with the defending Champions holding a 24-1 record so far in this campaign.
Their opponents this week are British Lionhearts, who have won both of their home matches in the competition, but have lost all three of their away bouts, and their task for a first away win will not come easy in Havana.
Ciudad Deportiva, La Habana, is the venue for this Group A clash, where on Friday 20th February fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 20:30 (GMT -5) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
Cuban Flyweight (52 kg) Yosbany Veitia has won ten straight WSB matches, and seeks his 11th win in a row against two-time European medalist José Kelvin de la Nieve Linares who makes his WSB debut for the Lionhearts.
Lazaro Alvarez is 2-0 so far in Season V for Cuba, and puts his undefeated Lightweight (60 kg) record on the line when he faces French fighter Oualid Belaoura, making his first WSB appearance for the Lionhearts but holding previous experience in the competition for Algeria Desert Hawks.
Cuban Welterweight (69 kg) gold medal specialist Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo is 6-0 overall in WSB, and 1-0 this season, but faces a very tough challenge against the number four ranked Haizel Ekow Tabiri-Essuman who is undefeated across two matches so far.
Light heavyweight (81 kg) Julio Cesar De La Cruz is top of his weight category rankings, and he meets Lionheart John Newell, who won his first match of the season in frustrating fashion, as his Algerian opponent failed to make the fight.
A scintillating Super heavyweight (91+ kg) bout finishes off the evening in Havana, as two undefeated fighters battle against each other.
Cuba’s Lenier Eunice Pero has won both of his matches in Season V on points, while Britain’s Joseph Joyce has stopped both of his opponents.
Morocco Atlas Lions host Algeria Desert Hawks in the first WSB African derby
Perfectly showcasing the international flavour of the World Series of Boxing (WSB), this week the very first African derby takes place in the competition, as Morocco Atlas Lions host Algeria Desert Hawks.
The Moroccan Franchise have had a respectable start to WSB, with two wins so far, while their Algerian rivals have yet to taste victory in four matches, and sit bottom of Group A.
Hyatt Regency, Casablanca, is the venue for this Group B clash, where on Friday 20th February fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 22:00 GMT at AIBABoxingTV.com.
Fighting first are the dynamic Flyweights (52 kg) and home star Achraf Kharroubi looks for his second win a row against Algerian debutant Mohamed Lamine Khentache.
Moroccan Lightweight (60 kg) Hamza Rabii then makes his first appearance of the season against 1-1 Algerian fighter Reda Benbaziz, who outclassed 2009 AIBA World Championships gold medalist Detelin Dalakliev in his last match.
The action continues at Welterweight (69 kg), where 2-0 Mohammed Rabii, currently ranked at number three in WSB in his weight class looks to delight the home fans by beating the tough Sofiane Tabi.
Light heavyweight (81 kg) Moroccan Mohamed Assaguir lost his opening match of the campaign, and is looking for his first victory against Algeria’s Nabil Kassel who lost his last fight via walkover.
In the last match of the evening, Atlas Lion Super heavyweight (91+kg) Abouhamada Abdeljalil battles 0-1 Hamza Beguerni, who carries incredible amounts of power.
Will USA Knockouts continue their stunning start to Season V against Rafako Hussars Poland?
USA Knockouts have been one of the most surprising success stories in Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) winning four of their first five fixtures.
They host Rafako Hussars Poland in week six, with the Polish Franchise desperate for victory having achieved just one win so far this season.
The American team dismantled Azerbaijan Baku Fires 4-1 at home last week, while Poland are coming off a disappointing home defeat to Italia Thunder.
Miccosukee Sports & Entertainment Dome, Miami, is the venue for this Group B clash, where on Friday 20th February fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 20:00 (GMT -5) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
Action begins at Flyweight (52 kg) where 1-1 home favourite Brent Venegas III fights 0-1 Hamza Touba who lost his opening match of the campaign.
Lightweight (60 kg) US 2014 Junior and Youth Open Champion Carlos Balderas is just 19-year-old, but is already 1-0 in WSB and puts his undefeated record on the line against Dawid Michelus.
An excellent Welterweight (69 kg) fight follows between American Brian Ceballo who already holds a win this season over Olympic silver medalist Fred Evans, against Ireland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Steven Donnelly who is 1-1 so far for the Polish Franchise.
Knockouts Light heavyweight (81 kg) Steven Nelson is looking for his first WSB win after two defeats, but faces a tough task against Poland’s Mateusz Jerzy Tryc who narrowly lost his earlier WSB fight with Hrvoje Sep.
The final bout is a Super heavyweight (91+ kg) shootout, where Cam F. Awesome will hope to recover from the disappointment of being disqualified in his opening match of the season when he faces Poland’s powerful Roger Hryniuk.