Rafako Hussars Poland will be looking to register a morale-boosting home win in their second WSB match of Season VI as they take on last season’s beaten semi-finalists the Russian Boxing Team on Saturday night. The Russians will get their new campaign underway determined to build upon last season’s successes, but can expect a tough time from an experienced Hussars squad at the the Hala Mosir venue in Szczecin.
With both teams focussing on their home-grown talent, the Hussars’ German flyweight Hamza Touba will be the only foreign boxer representing either side on Saturday’s card. Returning to the Polish franchise having been drafted into the squad for Season V, Touba will be hoping to get his team off to a winning start against Russian Ovik Ogannisian.
Going second for the home side is their most experienced WSB boxer Dawid Michelus. Still only 22 years old, Michelus made his name during Season III registering three big wins, but he will need to use all of his WSB wiles against newcomer Gabil Mamedov, who has moved up four weight classes over the last few years.
Another one of Poland’s seasoned WSB veterans is Damian Kiwior, and fireworks are expected from his key welterweight match against Russian Boxing Team’s rising star Albert Karibian. With Polish star Tomasz Jablonski already qualified to Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the fourth contest of the evening sees Arkadiusz Szwedowicz move into his light heavyweight berth to face Russia’s 2015 AIBA World Championship bronze medallist Pavel Silyagin.
Finally on Saturday night, Pawel Wierzbicki, silver medallist in the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, takes on the young Iaroslav Doronichev in what could be the deciding encounter of a thrilling night of boxing in Szczecin.