The World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group A encounter between Hussars Poland and Argentina Condors at the Hala Znicz in Pruszkow this Friday 8 February (20:00 local time) will surely decide these teams’ fate in the race for quarter-final qualification. This is a must-win for both with defeat putting their places in the knockout phase in serious jeopardy. Poland have nominated their best boxers to take to the ring on the night and they will be banking on the class and know-how of the unbeaten Mateusz Mazik, the rangy Adil Aslanov and team poster-boy Tomasz Jablonski to make the difference against some tough opposition.
23-year-old Polish southpaw Mazik will be opening up the show at Bantamweight (50-54kg) when he faces Argentine rising star Fernando Martinez in what promises to be one of the outstanding fights of the tie. After recording two wins from two this season against experienced opposition, the young Mazik will be keen to continue his fine form by extending that winnings streak on home soil. Martinez has been one of Argentina’s star performers with his electric speed and precision punching, so sparks will fly when these two go head-to-head.
After a confidence-boosting victory against one of the league’s most accomplished boxers last time out, Poland’s Aslanov will be looking to build on his success as he battles the impressive teenaged Argentine Ronan Nahuel Sanchez at Lightweight (57-61kg). Orthodox Aslanov’s long reach should serve him well with the 21-year-old having used his jab so effectively in his previous outing for the team. Sanchez on the other hand proved his mettle after mounting a stunning comeback on his WSB debut by overturning a two round deficit to triumph over Azerbaijan’s Isa Isayev. Both boxers have shown tremendous character this season so it is anyone’s fight.
At Middleweight (68-73kg), it will be Hussars team spearhead Jablonski versus tricky 25-year-old Argentine orthodox Juan Jose Velasco Chanampa. The 24-year-old Pole is the home team’s biggest name and after delighting his fans in week two with a classy victory over tough Russian Aleksandr Ivanov, he will be keen to continue his unbeaten start to the season. Velasco Chanampa is a tough customer who enjoys throwing a lot of punches so it will be explosive, guaranteed.
Condors superstar and London 2012 Olympian Yamil Peralta from Argentina sits second in the Individual Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) ranking after a hat-trick of wins this season so goes into his contest with Serhiy Radchenko as the overwhelming favourite to win. The tall 21-year-old’s all-action style is easy on the eye and mixed with his tremendous work rate, Perlata has really lit up the competition so far. Radchenko was given a tough debut against WSB Champion Ramazan Magomedau and acquitted himself well for the Hussars so it will be interesting to see how he fares against the Argentine.
Closing up the evening’s proceedings will be the Heavyweight (+91kg) showdown between Poland’s fearsome pro fighter Mateusz Malujda and 30-year-old WSB debutant Facundo Cesar Ghiclione. Malujda will be at a height disadvantage so will have to draw his rival in to work him on the inside in order to get the upper hand. The Argentine is untested at this level so it will be interesting to see how he copes with the power of his rival.
Points are absolutely vital at this point of the season, but with the Hussars yet to lose on home soil they will be favourites to claim victory. Argentina however have some quality performers set to take to the ring so it could go down to the wire.