Saturday night sees Morocco Atlas Lions entertain USA Knockouts in Week 6 of WSB Season VI, with both teams desperately in need of a win to keep their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive. The Lions lost their season opener in Mexico and couldn’t overcome the British Lionhearts in Casablanca during Week 4, while the Americans also fell to the British side but were able to comfortably dispose of Mexico Guerreros 4-1 in Miami a fortnight ago.
The Atlas Lions’ sole success against the Mexicans came from light flyweight Imad Ahayoun, and he will be looking to get the team off to another strong start when he tackles Knockouts’ Colombian draft-pick debutant Hernan Alarcon.
African Champion Mohamed Hamout won three top bouts in Season V, but his first taste of action in the new campaign will be a testing battle against US bantamweight sensation Shakur Stevenson, WSB’s standout boxer from Week 2. The third pair to take to the ring will be Morocco’s former light welterweight champion Abdelhaq Nadir and US National Olympic Trials winner teenager Gary Russell, and with neither boxer boasting significant international experience, it could be a case of whoever keeps his cool taking the bout.
The hosts’ London 2012 Olympian and former African Champion Badreddine Haddioui moved up to middleweight for the new season, where he faces a tough test against in-form American Charles Conwell in the fourth bout of the night. Should the match go down to the final contest, the Knockouts have broguht in 24 year-old Brandon Glanton, who made his WSB debut last season in a bruising encounter with Filip Hrgovic, to face the Atlas Lions’ African Champion Abdeldjalil Abouhamada.