First and only African Franchise in World Series of Boxing (WSB), the Algeria Desert Hawks are still in the running for the quarter-finals after their solid success at home over Hussard Poland. A few hours after Argentina’s victory against Russia, this result leaves the battle for the fourth spot of Group A as uncertain as ever.
However the night had not started in the best possible way with Bantamweight (50-54kg) Mohamed Flissi losing to Dawid Michelus. The Polish had clearer shots in the first round while Flissi was able to win the second and the third. With both boxers exhausted in the last frame of that spectacular battle, Michelus finally finished on top for a well-deserved victory.
Desert Hawks’ top fighter Abdelkader Chadi then proved all of his skills against former Polish National Champion Damian Wrzesinski. After a few tactical initial minutes, the 26-year-old Algerian turned up the heat and secured the lead pretty quickly. No doubt about the winner in the end with Chadi reaching the second spot of the Lightweight (57-61kg) with his third success this season.
At Middleweight (68-73kg), Ilyas Abbadi had a good opportunity to confirm his talent facing Dawid Pac. The Algerian southpaw used his best weapons – quick right jabs and strong hooks – to overwhelm his Polish opponent.
Experienced Nabil Kassel then had a complicated Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) bout against unbeaten Belarusian Sergei Kuzmin. Nevertheless, Kassel knocked his opponent down in the first round and never lost the lead then. In the best contest of the evening, the magnificent Algerian caused a little shock to secure the overall victory of his team.
The evening ended on a very close Heavyweight (91+kg) fight between Algeria Kamel Rahmani and Belarus’ Yan Sudzilouski. The latter had more effective punches in the opening three minutes to quickly take a short lead. For his WSB debuts, Rahmani was able to find the right distance and speed through the contest but the Belarusian was fresher in the last two rounds secure a second point for the Hussars.
With this 3-2 victory, the North Africans are level with Argentina where they will be travelling next week for their final match in the regular season.