An enthralling, tense and fascinating World Series of Boxing (WSB) battle in Gdansk was eventually won by Azerbaijan Baku Fires who defeated Rafako Hussars Poland 3-2 in Gdansk.
Although the Polish Franchise narrowly missed out on the overall victory, they displayed their excellent potential against the Season IV runners-up.
Poland’s Dawid Sebastian Jagodzinski enjoyed his second win of the season at Light flyweight (49 kg) as he beat Rasul Saliyev on points.
Azerbaijan bounced straight back at Bantamweight (56 kg) when Magomed Gurbanov achieved his fifth consecutive WSB victory over Sylwester Kozlowski.
The Pole won the first round against the top ranked Bantamweight, but Gurbanov’s class shined as the bout progressed.
With just one match to go in the Regular Season, Gurbanov is well on course to qualify for Rio 2016 through WSB.
Light welterweight (64 kg) Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev is also a favourite to reach Rio via this competition, and the WSB veteran lived up to his high ranking with a supreme win against Damian Tadeusz Kiwior.
Just one point separates the top three Light welterweights, and second placed Gadzhialiyev has his destiny in his own hands.
The Middleweight (75 kg) division is even closer, as one points separates the top four fighters in the weight class.
Poland’s third ranked 5-1 Tomasz Jablonski kept his Rio chances alive as he defeated Jaba Khositashvili via split decision.
Two judges awarded Jablonski every round of the fight, while the third had Khositashvili winning by a point.
Jablonski’s win evened up the scoring in Gdansk, and with just one match to go in the Regular Season for the Middleweights, he remains in the hunt for Olympic qualification.
The Baku Fires ultimately secured their fifth triumph in six WSB matches at Heavyweight (91 kg) after third ranked Abdulkadir Abdullayev stopped Rain Karlson in round two of their bout.
Rafako Hussars Poland travel to Italia Thunder next, while Azerbaijan Baku Fires host USA Knockouts.