Azerbaijan Baku Fires look to continue momentum at home to Argentina Condors

Azerbaijan Baku Fires are one of the most in-form teams in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), and they end the group stages looking for their eighth win in nine fixtures at home to Argentina Condors.

The South American Franchise have only won once this season, so will be hoping to double that tally in their last appearance of the campaign.

Second place in the Group B table is already secured for Azerbaijan who will enjoy home advantage in the quarter-finals, and the Season IV runners-up will be aiming for victory here to maintain their momentum.

Guba Olympic Complex, Guba is the venue for this Group B clash, where on Saturday 25th April fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 19:00 (GMT +5) at

2-1 Murad Rabadanov opens the evening for Azerbaijan as he takes on 0-1 Argentine Flyweight Ricardo Maximiliano Ibarra.

Rabadanov narrowly defeated the highly rated American prospect Brent Venegas III two weeks ago, and also beat India’s tough Gaurav Bidhuri in his first fight of the season.

The lone appearance that Ibarra has made resulted in a losing effort to Azamat Issakulov in week six, but the Condor is a spirited fighter who will make life difficult for Rabadanov throughout the contest.

As Albert Selimov has already earned a Rio 2016 Olympic quota through WSB for the Baku Fires after six successive wins, he is replaced this week by 20-year-old debutant Nasraddin Mammadov who won the gold medal at the 2013 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships.

Mammadov opens his WSB account against 1-4 Brian Ivan Nunez who has gone the distance five times already this season.

4-1 Parviz Baghirov is ranked fourth at Welterweight (69 kg) in this competition, and the Azeri athlete seeks his fourth consecutive home victory when he meets 0-1 Luis Alberto Veron.

2012 Olympian Mikhail Dauhaliavets lost his only match of Season V for the Baku Fires to the highly ranked Hrvoje Sep, but the talented Light heavyweight (81 kg) is an excellent boxing talent who mixes offence and defence very well.

His opponent in Guba is Juan Gabriel Rizzo Patrón who also seeks his first success of the campaign, which makes their clash a very important one for both boxers.

27-year-old Azeri Super heavyweight (91+ kg) Haji Murtuzaliyev made his WSB debut in 2011, but he has had a quiet Season V, with his lone appearance a second round TKO loss to Filip Hrgovic, before a walkover victory two weeks ago.

An entertaining fighter who loves to come forward, Murtuzaliyev will be keen to assert his authority in this fixture against 0-1 Facundo Cesar Ghiglione.

The Argentine returns for the first time since week two of the season where he was stopped by Cosme Henrique dos Santos Nascimento, and this fight could be a case of whoever lands first, wins.