The Azerbaijan Baku Fires have begun their pre-season training with an intensive camp in Russia. The team headed to the Russian city of Kaspiysk from the 15th to the 31st of August.
The camp was given a new twist when it was announced that it would be used to observe and select boxers for Season IV of the WSB. Almost 40 boxers were invited to attend. The results of this selection have yet to be made public.
Hurshid Tojibaev, a former member of the Mexico Guerreros before competing with the Azerbaijan Baku Fires was one of the boxers who was invited to train with the Azeri team at the Russian seaside town in August. “We spent several weeks training together under the guidance of the team coaches” he said before confirming: “at the end of this pre-selection phase the coaches made their decisions about the boxers that they would like to have in the team for 2013-2014”.
What is certain however is that another training camp will take place for three weeks in September in the city of Dombay. Interestingly, the camp will be located at 1800m above sea level, which can be considered low-level altitude training. This may be because the Azeri outfit have been drawn with Season III semi-finalists Mexico Guerreros, whose home venue in Mexico City is also at altitude.
They may also be looking for an edge given that the team has also been drawn with defending champions Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, the exciting new Cuban team, Hussars Poland and a Russian team that has the potential to be either the best or the worst Franchise this year (literally) depending on what team turns up.
The Baku Fires first home match of the 2013/2014 season will be against Mexico Guerreros at home on November 23rd.