Just over a week before the official draw and draft for this World Series of Boxing 2012/2013 season, www.worldseriesboxing.com continue its journey around the world and present all WSB Franchises. Today, let’s see what’s going on for the Kazakh Arlans, we speak with the Competition Manager Serik Kassymov.
How are the preparations going for the WSB Season III?
Everything’s going well, as planned. The team has completed its first training camp in Ukraine and is now back home in Kazakhstan.
You ended the first seasons on two frustrating results, losing in the final in 2010/2011, and in the semi-finals a few months ago. What is your approach for 2012/2013?
Indeed, we were both times close to the title. But we have to admit that our opponents were simply stronger than us. We had to rethink our strategy, especially in terms of training and with regards to the physical conditions of our boxers.
What about the squad. Have you already signed some big names?
Discussions have been long and intense. But we are happy to say that we will most likely have our strongest team ever. Names will be revealed very soon.
Can you tell us at least which boxers that have competed for the Arlans in the first and the second season will still be with you this year?
They are Bantamweight Kanat Abutalipov, Lightweights Yerzhan Mussafirov, Merey Akshalov and Samat Bashenov, Middleweight Miras Bairkhanov, Light Heavyweight Ramzjon Ahmedov and Heavyweight Ruslan Myrsatayev. Unfortunately Kanat Slam (73kg) has left the squad.
Who will comprise your coaching team?
We are extremely proud to welcome in our team Sergiy Korchinskiy, from Ukraine, who was previously the assistant coach of the WSB Team Champions Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder. He will be supported by Beibut Yeszhanov and Oleg Kovalchuk. We might also have a couple of coaching consultants.
Now that the WSB Franchises are country-based and no longer city-based, can you reveal in which cities you will be fighting in Kazakhstan?
?We will host most of our home matches in Almaty, the biggest city of Kazakhstan. Two or three other matches will be held in Astana, not only for promotion purposes, but also because we know we can expect a great support there.
What are your goals for this new season?
Boxing is a very popular sport in our country. We have a good experience in match-staging, merchandising, tickets sales etc… But in order to develop ourselves further, to increase our sales and be an even more attractive advertising platform, we need to involve TV stations on a world level. No TV, no advert, no spectator… It is as simple as this.
And on the competition side, we must win this WSB trophy. Be sure that the “Wolves” are hungry.