A huge WSB double-bill weekend in Tashkent sees Uzbek Tigers host the Puerto Rico Hurricanes on Friday night, as the home side seeks to pile the pressure on defending champions Kazakhstan in Group D on Saturday.
The one-sided contest in Week 2 in Puerto Rico heralded the arrival of the Tigers’ brand new franchise in style, but the Hurricanes will be focused on revenge and causing an upset that would earn the side their first win in a tough preliminary group.
Uzbekistan’s Abrorjon Kodirov moved up from the light flyweight class two years ago and will go out first for the Tigers against the Hurricanes’ top Colombian boxer Ceiber David Avila. Since switching weights, Kodirov has claimed national championship silver and bronze medals and was involved in a tight Week 4 match against Azerbaijan’s Magomed Ibiyev, while his opponent reached the last eight at the 2015 AIBA World Championships in Doha.
The second bout sees the hosts’ World Championship bronze medalist Elnur Abduraimov go up against WSB newcomer Puerto Rican Steven Ruidiaz, before weltwereight Dostonbek Turdiev tackles another Hurricanes debutant, Samuel Alexis Cedeno Roman.
The Tigers can count on their hard-hitting former Asian Confederation gold medalist Shukhrat Abdullaev in a big bout four battle against Hurricanes’ second Colombian import Juan Carlos Carrillo, who has bagged podium finishes at all of his recent continental appearances, including the 2015 Panamerican Games. The evening’s action will be rounded off by the super heavyweights, with the Uzbek WSB veteran Sardorbek Abdullaev facing Puerto Rico Hurricanes’ Lithuanian boxer Mantas Valavicius.
Fly (52 kg)
Abrorjon KODIRV vs Ceiber AVILA
Light (60 kg)
Elnur ABDURAIMOV vs Steven RUIDIAZ
Welter (69 kg)
Dostonbek TURDIEV vs Samuel CEDENO
Light Heavy (81 kg)
Shuhrat ABDULLAEV vs Juan CARRILLO
Super Heavy (91+ kg)
Sardor ABDULLAEV vs Mantas VALAVICIUS
South-American boxing showdown in Vargas as Venezuela Caciques host Group C rivals Argentina Condors
Venezuela Caciques welcome Argentina Condors to Vargas on Friday night as they seek revenge for a narrow Week 3 defeat in Buenos Aires. The Condors got Season VI off to a flying start with back-to-back home wins, but will be tested on the road against a Caciques side hoping to build on a spirited performance against Russian Boxing Team in Week 5.
Venezuela’s 2014 National Flyweight Champion Jesus Rojas has a tall task for the Caciques in the evening’s opener against experienced Junior Zarate, who defeated the likes of Azerbaijan Baku Fires’ Magomed Ibiyev and Astana Arlans Kazakhstan’s Yerzhan Zhomart during Season V.
The hosts’ young bantamweight Victor Rodriguez already has some strong international performances under his belt, but he faces the more experienced Argentine Elias Gonzalez in the second bout before WSB debutant Maifer Lopez goes up against Lucas Ivan Gimenez in their light welterweight showdown.
The Venezuelans’ star middleweight boxer Endry Saavedra will be primed for his rematch against the man he beat one year ago, Christian Zarate, before the heavyweights complete Friday’s action with Alfonso Flores looking to send the home fans away happy with a strong showing against Argentina Condors’ Dario Alcapan.
Light Fly (49 kg)
Jesus ROJAS vs Junior ZARATE
Bantam (56 kg)
Victor RODRIGUEZ vs Elias GONZALEZ
Light Welter (64 kg)
Maifer LOPEZ vs Lucas GIMENEZ
Middle (75 kg)
Endry SAAVEDRA vs Christian ZARATE
Heavy (91 kg)
Alfonso FLORES vs Dario ALCAPAN