Argentina pressure rivals with win over Russia (4-1)


Argentina Condors have done the business to outclass a strong Russian line-up and win their second World Series of Boxing (WSB) match of the season at the perfect moment. With an all-local boxer’s squad, the South American have delighted the Estadio Norberto Tomas to take three crucial points in the battle for the quarter-finals.

Following his previous losses to Azerbaijan Baku Fires Albert Selimov and Mexico Guerreros star Elias Emigdio, Ignacio Perrin reached his WSB career highlight with a first win in three seasons against a younger but talented opponent, Mukhammad Shekhov. The Argentinean tried to take control of the bout from the very first seconds but the Russian Bantamweight (50-54kg) could counter-attack to win the first two rounds. Perrin showed himself more active in the second part of the fight, putting pressure on his opponent until the latter received a warning which offered a first point to Argentina.

Unable to compete both at Lightweight (57-61kg) and Light Heavy (80-85kg), Russia was already putting the Condors on the way to an easy victory.

This situation did not discourage former Cadet European Champion, Russian Gamzat Gazaliev who demonstrated an impressive motivation to win a first WSB battle against Juan Jose Velasco Chanampa at Middleweight (68-73kg). The local boxer had the opportunity to show his talent only in the first of the five rounds before Gazaliev gave his team’s only point in Bahia Blanca.

Having lost to Poland Mateusz Malujda in Week 8, Condors’ Heavyweight (91+kg) Facundo César Ghiglione was highly motivated to offer his home crowd a last show for the night. Against an impressive Maxim Babanin, the taller Argentinean used his physical advantage to clearly dominate the bout in the last three rounds.

With this 4-1 success, Argentina Condors are now fourth in Group A and therefore ready to reach the knockout phase of their first WSB season. With three further battles at stake, the Russians can still hope to qualify but it is getting more and more complicated for last year’s finalists…