The boxing tournament of the recent Baku 2015 European Games represented an opportunity for European boxers from all three International Boxing Association (AIBA) tournaments to meet together inside the squared circle.
Shortly after the completion of WSB’s amazing fifth season, an incredible 16 WSB boxers achieved medals in Baku across eight separate weight classes.
Number of medals from WSB Boxers:
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The medal winning began at Flyweight (52 kg), when Azerbaijan Baku Fires representative Elvin Mamishzada (AZE) won gold in his home event.
Rafako Hussars Poland star Hamza Touba (GER) achieved two excellent victories in Season V, and he also earned a Flyweight bronze medal in Baku.
Qais Ashfaq (GBR) enjoyed a respectable 2-2 record for British Lionhearts in their return to WSB, and won a bronze medal in the Bantamweight (56 kg) division of the European Games.
One of the greatest competitors in WSB history is 2007 AIBA World Champion Albert Selimov (AZE), who excelled for the Baku Fires in the latest edition of the tournament by finishing top of the Lightweight (60 kg) rankings after six flawless victories.
Selimov’s exploits earned him a quota for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and his gold medal victory in Baku will give him extra confidence in dominating AOB events.
Rafako Hussars Poland athlete Mateusz Polski (POL) also achieved an excellent bronze medal in Baku at Lightweight.
Vincenzo Mangiacapre (ITA) finished fourth in the Light Welterweight (64 kg) rankings for Italia Thunder in Season V, which led him to earn a silver medal in the European Games after an impressive tournament.
Azerbaijan Baku Fires third ranked Welterweight (69 kg) Parviz Bagirov (AZE) then achieved another WSB inspired gold medal after several dazzling performances in his home country.
The Light Heavyweight (81 kg) division of the European Games was especially successful for WSB competitors, as all four medalists in the weight class had prior experience in the world class five round competition.
Although he did not compete in Season V of WSB, Teymur Mammadov (AZE) impressed in prior seasons for Azerbaijan Baku Fires, and won a splendid gold medal in Baku by defeating Italia Thunder’s number one ranked Light Heavyweight of Season V, Valentino Manfredonia (ITA) in the final.
Both bronze medalists also competed last season, with Pavel Silyagin (RUS) placing fifth in the rankings for Russian Boxing Team, and Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR) finishing the season ranked fourth for Ukraine Otamans.
The Heavyweight (91 kg) European Games final was another all-WSB affair, as Azerbaijan Baku Fires powerhouse Abdulkadir Abdullayev (AZE) won by walkover against Gevorg Manukian (UKR), who performed well last season for Ukraine Otamans.
China Dragons Heavyweight Josip Bepo Filipi (CRO) enjoyed a winning campaign in Season V, and took home a bronze medal from Baku.
Joseph Joyce (GBR) is one of the most fearsome competitors in WSB’s Super Heavyweight (91+ kg) division, and powerful British Lionhearts star won European Games gold after beating Russian Boxing Team’s Gasan Gimbatov (RUS) in a very entertaining final.
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