Kazakhstan began the evening with a 1-0 advantage after Puerto Rican Welterweight (69 kg) Nicklaus Flaz could not compete, which resulted in a walkover verdict awarded to AIBA World Champion Daniyar Yeleussinov.
The Hurricanes roared back at Flyweight (52 kg) however when Jeyvier Cintrón Ocasio earned his fifth win of the season, and moved up to second in the rankings after defeating Olzhas Sattibayev.
With just one more match of the group stages to come, the Puerto Rican will be delighted with the unanimous points victory although he only won by a single point on all three scorecards.
Two Flyweight quotas available for Rio 2016 so Cintrón Ocasio knows that if he wins his last bout he will almost certainly reach his second Olympic Games
Jose Rosario’s chances of qualifying for Rio 2016 ended when the Lightweight (60 kg) lost his undefeated record after being beaten by Zakir Safiullin.
This was Safiullin’s first success of the season in four attempts, and the Kazakh star secured the victory on all three scorecards.
Croatia’s Hrvoje Sep then moved up to second in the Light heavyweight (81 kg) rankings with a dominant win over 0-5 Joseph Laboy.
Sep now has six wins in Season V all by the way of points, and after Cuba’s Julio César la Cruz surprisingly lost on Friday night, the Astana Arlans representative is now in the Olympic qualification places heading into the last match of the Regular Season.
Filip Hrgovic, a Croatian and Astana Arlans teammate of Sep also improved his Rio 2016 chances in the last match of the evening as he stopped Jose Gabriel Medina in round two of their bout.
The TKO moves Hrgovic back to the top of the Super heavyweight (91+ kg) rankings which is vital as there is only one Olympic quota available for the weight class through this competition.
Following Joseph Joyce’s defeat on Thursday night, Hrgovic’s main rival is now Cuba’s Lenier Eunice Pero, but victory in Italy in a fortnight will assure the Croatian of a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan visit Argentina Condors next week, while Puerto Rico Hurricanes host Azerbaijan Baku Fires.