The Finals of World Series of Boxing (WSB), a unique global team boxing competition, between the undefeated Cuba Domadores and the astonishing Astana Arlans were officially announced at a press conference held in Astana after the host city agreement was signed to hold this event on June 20 – 21 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
WSB Season IV Champions Cuba Domadores earned a victory over Mexico Guerreros in the semi-final previously beating teams from Algeria, UK, China, Morocco, Russia and Ukraine. “World Series of Boxing is a very important boxing challenge for my team”, said head coach of Cuba Domadores Rolando Acebal. “We have trained extremely hard and I always tell my boys that WSB Trophy has a special meaning, as it is the only one we can win together, as a team”.
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan qualified for their third World Series of Boxing (WSB) Finals, winning the Trophy in Season III, by defeating Russian Boxing Team in the semi-final, previously defeating teams from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Italy, Puerto Rico, Poland and USA. Marat Jakiyev, the head coach of Astana Arlansa Kazakhstan expressed his excitement over his team’s participation in the Finals: “The last weeks of the regular season have been very challenging for the boxers to reach once again the Finals. It will be the third time for Arlans at this level and I’m particularly excited that my country hosts this competition in Astana and the team will have the chance to compete in front of thousands of home fans”.
“This Season WSB Finals will be one of the most exciting boxing events of the whole year. We will have the opportunity to witness the world’s two best teams – the invincible Cuba Domadores, defending champions, and the powerful Astana Arlans Kazakhstan – go head to head in Astana. I am confident that these two nights will produce an incredible show of pure boxing action in a country known for its genuine passion for the noble art”, said WSB CEO Karim Bouzidi.
Season V of WSB showcased 16 teams from all over the world competing for the coveted WSB Trophy over the 14 weeks of the regular season which ended with a total of 552 bouts and 112 matches of intense boxing action, as well as 17 boxers winning Olympic quota places to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.