Following a thrilling 5-0 opening-day victory against China Dragons in Vinnytsya, Friday night sees Ukraine Otamans entertain Turkiye Conquerors in the impressive setting of the Lviv National Circus. The Conquerors also found success against the Dragons earlier this season, but will be keen to bounce back from their subsequent defeat at the hands of Group A leaders Cuba Domadores with a strong Week 5 performance.
The opening bout sees Otamans’ new flyweight talent and national champion Nazar Kurotchyn make his WSB debut against Strandja Memorial Tournament bronze medallist Hamza Kartal. Another WSB newcomer takes to the ring for the Otamans in bout two, with bantamweight Oleh Dovhun hoping to exploit his height advantage over Turkiye Conquerors’ own debutant in boxing’s unique team competition, 19-year-old Nurettin Ovat.
The Ukraine team’s most experienced boxer and national champion Volodymyr Matviichuk has proven that he still has what it takes to win on the biggest stage. The 33-year-old light welterweight enjoyed a strong Season V and will face Turkey’s Yakup Sener, whose frantic match against China Dragons’ Meng Caicheng got his campaign off to a winning start in Week 1.
The Otamans’ third debutant of the evening, 21-year-old southpaw Valerii Kharlamov, takes on Conquerors’ Evren Tibukoglu in bout four, before what could be the decisive encounter between the hosts’ veteran heavyweight Denys Poyatsyka, unbeaten in Season V, and Seyda Keser, the man who delivered the decisive punch in that spectacular opening-day win over China Dragons.