After three wins on the road so far this season, Russian Boxing Team made a triumphant return to Moscow on Saturday night, defeating Rafako Hussars Poland 4-1 in the Druhzba Sport Palace. The win puts the Russians top of their group just ahead of Venezuela Caciques, with Poland still chasing their first win of the season.
In the opening bout, former Russian National Champion Belik Galanov enjoyed his season debut against Rafako Hussars’ AIBA World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist Dawid Jagodzinski. Unable to repeat his form of Season V, Jadodzinski was in trouble early on and a series of lethal Galanov right hands soon gave the Moscow crowd a TKO win to cheer.
Also making his first appearance this campaign was the hosts’ Vladimir Nikitin, and he picked up where his impressive 2015 left off with a showcase of boxing prowess to defeat Hussars’ Italian draft pick Riccardo D’Andrea by unanimous decision. At 2-0 down, Poland’s Mateusz Kostecki then delivered an inspired performance to overcome Russian U22 National Champion Grigorii Lizunenko, the referee ending their match in the third round to give the visitors hope of a turn-around.
Step forward Russian Boxing Team’s Petr Khamukov and Rafako Hussars Poland’s Tomasz Jablonski, two middleweight greats repeating their dramatic final of the 2015 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships. The result was to be the same as that gold medal epic despite Jablonski’s WSB pedigree, with Khamukov in imperious form to take all five rounds and ensure the Russians of the match win.
The two heavyweights Islam Tekeev and Poland’s Michal Olas then rounded off the night in fitting style, the Russian Tekeev on the attack throughout before surviving a late surge to take the points win and secure a 4-1 in front of the delighted Moscow fans. The Russians will host Venezuela Caciques on 1 April in a match that could decide who tops the group.