The Ukraine Otamans have thrown down the gauntlet to Group A rivals the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder by overwhelming the 4th placed Argentina Condors side in a fantastic display of boxing as the Flyweights (52kg), Lightweights (60kg), Welterweights (69kg), Light Heavyweights (81kg) and Super Heavyweights (91+kg) showed their stuff.
Despite the depressing score line however, it wasn’t all bad news for the Condors with some better performances from the Latin American side that bode well for the remainder of the season.
Bout of the match
European Champion Pavlo Ishchenko looked fantastic for the Otamans at Lightweight against the very talented Brian Nuñez of Argentina. The Condor’s boxer made good use of his jab in round one, but the Ukrainian managed to work well on the inside. Despite Ischenko’s experience, the bout was extremely close. The Argentinean seemed to be better at distance whilst the local boxer was more compact and made more use of hooks and overhands. The Condor’s boxer also impressed in Week 1 this season in what was a difficult WSB debut against World silver medallist Robson Conceicao of the Italia Thunder. He seems to be very unlucky with his draws because he has been able to push both of those world class boxers close, but his WSB record is now 0-2 which does not reflect his ability as a boxer. A great win for Ishchenko however over very talented opposition and a very exciting bout.
Boxer of the match
Oleksandr Ganzulia looked extremely powerful at Light Heavyweight against Leandro Luna of the Argentina Condors. The Ukrainian was completely dominant in this bout; landing hard body shots and uppercuts at will. Luna tried to use his jab and a hard looking right hand from a tight guard to score on his opponent, but he wasn’t able to sustain his offense. In the gaps, the Ukrainian would use the Argentinian’s body like a heavy bag to practice his whole repertoire on. The Ukrainian style seems to be to mount unspectacular but unrelenting and grinding offensive pressure which wears his opponents down. In its ugliness there is something beautiful about this tactic; and there is certainly something to be admired in his incredible physical conditioning.
The turning point
Welterweight Denys Lazarev took on Luis Veron, the two time Argentinian national champion. Veron took this bout so close that for some time it looked as though he was going to take it. He boxed with is leading left hand very low, which allowed him to fire his jab out from unpredictable angles. He clearly knew his way around a boxing ring and took the opening round from all three judges. He looks like a good find for the Argentinians this season. As the bout wore on Veron went over three rounds for the first time in his career, and both boxers began to fatigue. However, the Ukrainian was still hanging in there and in a bout that was extremely close, the Ukrainian managed to squeeze out the win in the final round. And thus turn the tide of the whole match in the Otamans favour.
Fact/Stat of the match
Despite losing all three of their matches so far, the Condors have still claimed a point and lie in 4th place in the table. This is because they won two of the five bouts in their match against the USA Knockouts, which entitles them to the point. This could prove pivotal later in the season if they hope to make it to the Playoffs.
Kazat Usenaliev took on Christian Roda at Flyweight during the opening bout of the evening. This was an excellent match-up fought at a blistering pace. Usenaliev, who is the Kyrgyzstan National Champion, confidently took to the centre of the ring against the aggressive Argentinian. Roda proved to be a man that was impossible to deter and he remained committed to the cause despite being out-boxed. In the end it was the classy performance by debutant Usenaliev that took the win for the Otamans.
Igor Plevako struggled against Luis Bravo at Super Heavyweight. The Argentinian was surprisingly springy on his feet for a big man but he took a standing count in round one and looked to be in trouble early. After that tricky start he recovered very well in round two and absolutely nailed his opponent in round three. Despite the fact that Bravo looked good thereafter and dominated much of the normal run of play, the right hand of Plevako scored two other hard blows that resulted in eight counts during the course of the bout, and it was indeed the Ukrainian who won.
Coming up next
The Ukraine Otamans take on their main rivals the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder at home in a clash of the Group A titans, whilst the Condors face the Algeria Desert Hawks in a bout that they must seek to win to hold onto their Playoffs place.
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