In yet another exciting week of action in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), Group A is set to feature some incredible bouts between some of the world’s top fighters. With things remaining close at the top of the group, the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder will hope to extend their lead over the Ukraine Otamans. World Champion Clemente Russo is also looking for a return to form after losing his last two WSB matches.
Their opponents have other ideas however. With third place in sight for the USA Knockouts, they are hoping to cause an upset in Italy, whilst Team Germany is set for a tough away match in Buenos Aires with the Argentina Condors.
Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder vs. USA Knockouts
01/02/2014, 20:00 (GMT), Watch live or on demand for FREE on AIBAboxingTV.com
The Season II winners will be hosting the USA in another important match this week. Having won their 100th home victory last weekend against the Ukraine Otamans, the Italians remain the only team in the WSB to retain an unbeaten home record across all four WSB seasons. This week however, they will find themselves faced with an extremely focused Knockouts team, who know that a victory would all but guarantee their passage into the Playoffs. But the Italians have enough motivation of their own: with the Ukraine’s match with Algeria cancelled this week, a win would put them four points clear at the top of the table. One of the most interesting bouts of the evening will probably be between Philippine boxer Mark Barriga of the Italia Thunder and Chinese athlete Lu Bin for the Knockouts. Both Light Flyweights (46-49kg) have impressed so far in their debut season, and this will be something of a battle royal between two of the biggest up-and-coming stars of the weight category.
The Italians will also be offering Branimir Stankovic one last chance at redemption for this Regular Season. The Light Welterweight (64kg) was the number two ranked Lightweight last year in the old WSB weight categories (57-61kg), and won five of his six bouts including a tough semi-final contest against the Ukraine Otamans. This season however has not gone at all well for the Serbian star and he has lost both his matches so far. In Carlos Adames (1-1) of the Dominican Republic and USA Knockouts, he will have a tough opponent who is on the up. It should be an interesting bout. Heavyweight (91kg) World Champion Clemente Russo is also expected to grace the canvas for the Thunder. He will also be looking to atone for his sole fight and loss this season. When added to the fact that his only other previous loss in the WSB occurred in his last appearance last season, he has now not won a WSB match in almost year, this looks like a nasty smirch in his 17-2 record book as it stands. Will he be able to respond?
Argentina Condors vs. Team Germany
02/02/2014, 02:00 (GMT), Watch live or on demand for FREE on AIBAboxingTV.com
With Argentina effectively out of the running this year, you might be inclined to think they would be taking their foot off the gas in what will be their last match of the campaign. Not a bit of it. They have announced a line-up that will cause a considerable amount of distress to any Team Germany fans who were hoping for easy points away to Group A’s bottom placed Franchise. Last season’s number one ranked Light Heavyweight Yamil Peralta will be leading the Condors out at Heavyweight. The current World bronze medallist with his unbeaten WSB record of 7-0 represents a real mountain to climb for Germany’s Johann Witt who has gone 0-2 in his opening season after being drawn against some of the toughest Heavyweights in the WSB, including Chouaib Bouloudinats of the Algeria Desert Hawks (12-5) and Imre Szello (12-3) of the Italia Thunder. This looks like it will be another tough day in the office for him. At Bantamweight (56kg), Condors boxer Alberto Melian has the chance to become one of the top rated WSB athletes going into next season if he can extend his 7-1 record against Germany’s Omar El Hag (1-1).