A classic in Casablanca eventually resulted in a second successive World Series of Boxing (WSB) victory for Morocco Atlas Lions after they defeated Ukraine Otamans 3-2.
Uzbekistan’s second ranked Light flyweight (49 kg) Hasanboy Dusmatov took his season record to 6-0, and put immense pressure on number one ranked Patrick Barnes after he won every round against Moroccan debutant Yassine Zaher.
Mohamed Hamout then evened up the scoring in the second fight of the night when he beat Ukraine’s 3-2 Mykola Butsenko.
Hamout won the first three rounds on every scorecard, before Butsenko was forced to pull out through injury in round four.
5-0 Uzbek Hurshidbek Normatov restored Ukraine’s lead on the night, and earned crucial points for himself in the Middleweight (75 kg) race for Rio.
After comprehensively outpointing 1-3 Atlas Lion Said Harnouf, Normatov keeps his Olympic hopes alive.
Morocco pulled back the scoring to 2-2 after Heavyweight (91 kg) Amine Azzouzi won by unanimous decision over Ukrainian debutant Arsenity Azizov.
The last fight of the night was at Light welterweight (64 kg), a divison Ukraine had failed to win a single match in this season, and where Morocco’s representative Hamza El Barbari had also lost all five of his outings throughout the campaign.
After over 20 rounds without a victory in Season V, El Barbari finally achieved success when he earned a unanimous points verdict against 0-2 Dmytro Grynchenko.
An emotional El Barbari was close to tears after the match, and he deserves all the platitudes after a remarkable performance.
Morocco Atlas Lions host China Dragons next week, while Ukraine Otamans welcome Algeria Desert Hawks.
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan magnificent in Miami as they defeat USA Knockouts
An excellent away performance in Miami resulted in a 5-0 whitewash victory for Astana Arlans Kazakhstan against USA Knockouts.
This is Kazakhstan’s eleventh successive win in Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) while the American team have now lost four of their last five matches.
The first bout of the evening was a close one, and had huge significance for the rest of the match,
Temirtas Zhussupov was awarded the fight on two scorecards by just one point, while American Light flyweight (49 kg) Joshua Franco edged the bout by a solitary point on the third card.
Meirbolat Toitov then temporarily headed to the top of the Bantamweight (56 kg) rankings after defeating USA’s Francisco Martinez on points.
Martinez began the weekend second in the Bantamweight rankings, and won the first round in Miami, but Toitov took control of the action from then on and sealed the victory.
The win for Toitov hugely increases his chances of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games via WSB, though with just one match of the Regular Season to go, Martinez may have lost his opportunity.
Kazakhstan’s win was secured at Light welterweight (64 kg) as Samat Bashenov moved up the WSB rankings when he earned a split decision verdict over Tyrek Irby.
Meiirim Nursultanov then moved to third in the Middleweight (75 kg) standings after beating American debutant Kalvin Henderson who displayed a lot of potential in their bout.
Nursultanov is just one point behind Arlen Lopez and Hurshidbek Normatov with one match to go for the Middleweights.
The closest division in WSB is the Heavyweight (91 kg) weight class, where only one fighter will qualify for Rio 2016 via the competition.
After Cuba’s Erislandy Savon won on points in China, Kazakh Vasiliy Levit sealed his sixth win of the campaign to stay level with the Domadore in the rankings.
For the first time this season Levit went the distance with an opponent, as USA’s Adrian Taylor performed well in the first and last rounds.
In two weeks time the Olympic qualification for all of these weight classes will be determined, and the mayhem in Miami has set everything up perfectly for an entertaining end.
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan visit Puerto Rico Hurricanes next week, while USA Knockouts meet Azerbaijan Baku Fires.
Mexico Guerreros clinch sixth successive win after beating Russian Boxing Team
A superb home performance in Aguascalientes resulted in a 3-2 victory for Mexico Guerreros over Russian Boxing Team.
This was the sixth straight victory for Mexico in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), while Russia slip to their second consecutive defeat.
Mexican Light flyweight (49 kg) Joselito Velázquez Altamirano enjoyed his fifth win of the season by convincingly outpointing 3-1 Vasilii Egorov.
4-0 Russian Vladimir Nikitin was on the right side of a split decision verdict after his Bantamweight (56 kg) bout with Sergio Alfredo Chirino Sánchez, despite losing the majority of the first two rounds.
The win for Nikitin moves him up the Bantamweight rankings, while Sánchez will take heart from pushing a very accomplished boxer very close.
Third ranked WSB Light welterweight (64 kg) Raúl Curiel García then won his fifth match of Season V to stay in the hunt for Rio 2016 Olympic qualification via WSB.
After snapping the undefeated streak of Vitaliy Dunaytsev, the Mexican star is now just one point behind Vincenzo Mangiacapre and Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev with a single match to go in the Regular Season.
Russia’s Petr Khamukov is perhaps pound for pound the most powerful puncher in WSB, and the Middleweight (75 kg) earned his fourth successive stoppage victory when he finished Mexican debutant Héctor Octavio Aguirre Martínez in round four of their bout.
Khamukov’s win not only evened up the scoring on the night for his team, but it also kept him in touch with the top ranked Middleweights in the competition.
The Guerreros eventually achieved their 3-2 success at Heavyweight (91 kg) when 2-0 Julio Cesar Castillo gave Evgeny Tishchenko his first loss of the season.
Mexico Guerreros next travel to Cuba Domadores, while Russian Boxing Team host Algeria Desert Hawks.
Buoyant British Lionhearts seal away win against Algeria Desert Hawks
British Lionhearts enjoyed their first away victory of Season V in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) as they defeated Algeria Desert Hawks 3-2 in Blida.
Harvey Horn won his first WSB match in the opening bout as he outpointed Algerian Light flyweight (49 kg) Zoheir Toudjine.
Lionheart Bantamweight (56 kg) Sean McGoldrick then became the first Welsh boxer to achieve a victory this season with a split decision win over Fahem Hammachi.
McGoldrick won the fight by a single round according to two judges, while the third awarded it to Hammachi.
The overall British victory was secured at Light welterweight (64 kg) when Samuel Maxwell earned his fourth win of the campaign as he edged another split decision verdict against Ahmed Boudiaf.
Algeria’s Boudiaf won the first round, but Maxwell responded well and did enough to impress two of the watching judges at ringside.
A third split decision occurred in the fourth fight of the evening, and this time home star Ilyas Abbadi upset Britain’s highly rated 3-2 Anthony Fowler.
Although one judge gave every round to Fowler, the other two felt that Abbadi had won by a single point.
The last fight of the night saw Desert Hawk Samir Maslouh enjoy his first WSB win against Aboulaye Diane at Heavyweight (91 kg).
Italia Thunder masterful in Milan after thrashing Argentina Condors 5-0
An excellent performance in Milan from Italia Thunder resulted in a 5-0 whitewash victory over Argentina Condors.
Ireland’s Patrick Barnes has been one of the best boxers in the entire World Series of Boxing (WSB) this season, and the Thunder representative won his sixth fight of the campaign against Junior Zarate.
Barnes won every round in the match, and remains at number one in the Light flyweight (49 kg) rankings with just one bout to go.
The Irish star is two points ahead of nearest rival Hasanboy Dusmatov who also won this weekend, and if Barnes wins his last match of the Regular Season he is all but guaranteed to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Another Irish fighter who has put himself in position to reach Rio through WSB is Michael Conlan, who moved to second in the Bantamweight (56 kg) rankings after dominating Argentina’s 0-3 Ignacio Perrin.
Two Bantamweights will qualify for the Olympic Games, and after Francisco Martinez lost on Friday night, Conlan will be confident of his chances to compete in Rio next year.
Italy’s Vincenzo Mangiacapre is also on the cusp of Olympic qualification, and his win over Ronan Nahuel Sanchez took him back to the top of the Light welterweight (64 kg) rankings.
Mangiacapre’s victory also secured the overall success for Italy which is important for their chances of qualifying from Group B.
Another Italian triumph took place at Middleweight (75 kg) when Raffaele Munno outpointed Christian Zarate.
The Thunder whitewash was confirmed in the last bout of the evening as Italian Heavyweight (91 kg) Fabio Turchi beat Dario Alcapan.
Italia Thunder host Rafako Hussars Poland next, while Argentina Condors welcome Caciques Venezuela.
Azerbaijan Baku Fires defeat Rafako Hussars Poland 3-2 in Gdansk
An enthralling, tense and fascinating World Series of Boxing (WSB) battle in Gdansk was eventually won by Azerbaijan Baku Fires who defeated Rafako Hussars Poland 3-2 in Gdansk.
Although the Polish Franchise narrowly missed out on the overall victory, they displayed their excellent potential against the Season IV runners-up.
Poland’s Dawid Sebastian Jagodzinski enjoyed his second win of the season at Light flyweight (49 kg) as he beat Rasul Saliyev on points.
Azerbaijan bounced straight back at Bantamweight (56 kg) when Magomed Gurbanov achieved his fifth consecutive WSB victory over Sylwester Kozlowski.
The Pole won the first round against the top ranked Bantamweight, but Gurbanov’s class shined as the bout progressed.
With just one match to go in the Regular Season, Gurbanov is well on course to qualify for Rio 2016 through WSB.
Light welterweight (64 kg) Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev is also a favourite to reach Rio via this competition, and the WSB veteran lived up to his high ranking with a supreme win against Damian Tadeusz Kiwior.
Just one point separates the top three Light welterweights, and second placed Gadzhialiyev has his destiny in his own hands.
The Middleweight (75 kg) division is even closer, as one points separates the top four fighters in the weight class.
Poland’s third ranked 5-1 Tomasz Jablonski kept his Rio chances alive as he defeated Jaba Khositashvili via split decision.
Two judges awarded Jablonski every round of the fight, while the third had Khositashvili winning by a point.
Jablonski’s win evened up the scoring in Gdansk, and with just one match to go in the Regular Season for the Middleweights, he remains in the hunt for Olympic qualification.
The Baku Fires ultimately secured their fifth triumph in six WSB matches at Heavyweight (91 kg) after third ranked Abdulkadir Abdullayev stopped Rain Karlson in round two of their bout.
Rafako Hussars Poland travel to Italia Thunder next, while Azerbaijan Baku Fires host USA Knockouts.
Caciques Venezuela continue impressive home form with win over Puerto Rico Hurricanes
A marvelous World Series of Boxing (WSB) American derby in Maiquetía was won by the South American Franchise Caciques Venezuela 3-2 over Puerto Rico Hurricanes.
This was Venezuela’s fifth home win of the Regular Season, and they will be delighted in the manner of the victory.
Yoel Finol enjoyed his fourth win of the season at Light flyweight (49 kg) after dominating every round against Anthony Chacon Rivera.
The Hurricanes evened up the scoring in the second fight of the night when Bantamweight (56 kg) Hector Luis Garcia Mora defeated José Vicente Azocar.
Venezuelan Light welterweight (64 kg) Luis Arcón then outpointed Jan Rivera which enabled his team to retake the lead.
2-0 French Middleweight (75 kg) Christian M’Billi Assomo enjoyed his second successive stoppage in the competition when he stopped Jose Endry Saavedra Pinto in round four of their bout.
M’Billi Assomo has been a superb acquisition for Puerto Rico, and his star is shining after another impressive performance.
Heavyweight (91 kg) Alfonso Flores secured Venezuela’s fifth home win of the campaign by stopping Gabriel Richards in the third round of their meeting.
Caciques Venezuela next visit Argentina Condors, while Puerto Rico Hurricanes host Astana Arlans Kazakhstan.