The gloves are on for World Series of Boxing teams, who will gather in Vargas, Venezuela on 14 August for the official Season VI Group Draw. 16 teams will face each other in four groups of four teams for the coveted WSB Trophy.
“World Series of Boxing is the home for the world’s greatest boxers, including future and past Olympic and World Champions. In Season VI the boxers, who have already won the quota for Rio 2016 and those, who will contest their chance for the Olympic ticket will face each other in a series of remarkable matches. It will truly be the battle of the best”, said AIBA Executive Director and CEO of the World Series of Boxing Karim Bouzidi.
“I would also like to welcome newcomers Uzbekistan, whose arrival to WSB demonstrates the competition’s global appeal to a vast audience all over the world”, he added.
According to World Series of Boxing Draw procedure, Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, Cuba Domadores, Mexico Guerreros and Russian Boxing Team will be seeded as Season V semi-finalists. The rest of the teams will be placed each based on the team ranking position in the Regular Season V of the World Series of Boxing.
“It is a huge honour to host Season VI World Series of Boxing Group Draw in Vargas. Caciques Venezuela have been competing in WSB for the first time last season and we are hoping to progress even further this Season and face the world’s best boxing teams head-on”, said General Manager of Caciques Venezuela Fran Lopez.
The following 16 teams will be drawn into four groups (A-D) of four teams each with the top seed in each group occupied by Season V semi-finalists:
|Pot 1:||Astana Arlans Kazakhstan||Cuba Domadores||Mexico Guerreros||Russia Boxing Team|
|Pot 2:||Ukraine Otamans||Azerbaijan Baku Fires||Venezuela Caciques||Morocco Atlas Lions|
|Pot 3:||USA Knockouts||Puerto Rico Hurricanes||Rafako Hussars Poland||China Dragons|
|Pot 4:||British Lionhearts||Algeria Desert Hawks||Argentina Condors||Uzbekistan Team|
Two teams from each group will progress further and will contest play-offs to determine the last four and ultimately two finalist teams to battle it out in the World Series of Boxing Team Finals.
The Draw will also determine the weight categories for tiebreaker bouts for the play-off stage of Season VI of the World Series of Boxing.