Ukraine Otamans’ unbeaten home record in Season VI faces its stiffest test yet on Saturday night as the team welcomes Season IV champions Cuba Domadores to the Palace of Sports. After comfortable wins against China Dragons and Turkiye Conquerors, the Otmanas will need to be at their very best if they are to overcome Julio Cesar La Cruz and his team, who have yet to drop a bout in the current campaign.
Reigning Ukrainian Flyweight Champion Maksym Fatych earned a brilliant win over China Dragons star Hu Jianguan on his WSB debut in Week 3, but Yosbany Veitia, a member of that championship winning side two years ago, represents an even bigger challenge in the evening’s opening bout.
Up second it’s the turn of Ukraine’s new lightweight star Viktor Slavinskyi, who knocked down China Dragons’ Shan Jun in Week 3, but will also need to put in a career-best performance to halt another of Cuba’s WSB champions and last year’s AIBA Worlds gold medalist, Lazaro Alvarez.
Bocskai Memorial Tournament silver medallist Otamans’ Serhii Bohachuk had a strong debut win against China, but he won’t have faced many better than his opponent on Saturday, London 2012 Olympic Champion Roniel Iglesias, who dominated his opening Season VI win over Türkiye Conquerors’ Serhat Guler. After already showcasing three incredibly talented boxers, the Domadores are able to call upon their captain and triple AIBA World Heavyweight Champion Julio Cesar la Cruz, who will be favourite to control his match against Maksym Kots.
The hosts’ Rostyslav Arkhipenko then rounds off the action at his newly adopted super heavyweight category, charged with the task of defeating Domadores’ two-time Pan-American Games winner Leinier Eunice Pero, who replaces Yohandi Toirac in the Otamans’ side.