In a massive weekend for the Algeria Desert Hawks, they positively trounce the third placed Team Germany to leap frog the Argentina Condors and snatch fourth place in Group A. This opens up a potential Playoffs place for the African team.
The Light Flyweights (46-49kg), Bantamweights (56kg), Light Welterweights (64kg), Middleweights (75kg) and Heavyweights (91kg) were the categories battling it out in Algeria tonight.
In our preview we had noted that this was the strongest team that Algeria had fielded so far this year, and that there was a risk, and a strong one we felt, that the Germans could be taken aback by the Desert Hawks this Saturday.
The return of World silver medallist Mohamed Flissi at Light Flyweight meant that the evening started well for the hosts. The aggressive and mobile boxer loves to use his hooks and he cleverly outworked his opponent Serge Neumann.
Omar el Hag scraped one back for the visitors against Samir Brahimi atBantamweight,but WSB veteran Abdelkader Chadi didn’t leave Team Germany boxer Angelo Frank with much room for manoeuvre in the third bout of the evening at Light Welterweight.
Ilyas Abbadi, who had an excellent World Championships in Almaty last October, was in no mood to mess about either at Middleweight against Zhek Paskali, whilst Heavyweight superstar Chouaib Bouloudinats had nothing to worry about with Johann Witt.
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The Algeria Desert Hawks will want to carry this momentum forward as they take on the Italia Thunder in Italy. The Germans will desperately need to regroup against group leaders, the Ukraine Otamans, as even a point from the Algerians will level the points between them in the group. The pressure is on in Group A.