The Russian Boxing Team enter their final bout of the regular season against Argentina Condors on Saturday night – a rearranged fixture from Week 1 – as heavy favourites.
With four wins from four matches, the Russian Boxing Team had already guaranteed their spot in the Season VI playoffs. A record of 15 wins out of 20 bouts is highly favourable, particularly when stacked against Argentina Condors’ six from 20.
Despite fielding two teams in two days, the Russian Boxing Team has named a powerful line-up for their bout with the South American franchise in Moscow. Devastating flyweight puncher Bator Sagaluev leads the card. The Baku 2015 European Games gold medal winner, who won his first Season VI bout by TKO, faces WSB debutant Nicolas Alfonso.
Another Baku 2015 European Games gold medallist represents the Russian Boxing Team in the bantamweight class. Bakhtovar Nazirov lost his debut WSB encounter earlier this season but will be confident of defeating Argentina Condors’ Piero Carloni, who has not fought on the international stage since Season V.
The contest appears more even in the light welterweight class with experienced Argentinean Ronan Nahuel Sanchez taking on Russian National Championship bronze medallist Avak Uzlian.
The stylish Maxim Koptyakov, a Baku 2015 European Games bronze medallist and a former EUBC European Confederation Champion, faces Argentina Condors’ experienced WSB boxer Christian Zarate in the middleweight division. Newly crowned National Champion Andrey Kovalchuk has been a fixture this season for the Russian Boxing Team at this weight but sits this one out.
Former AIBA Junior World Champion Sergey Kalchugin closes the night for the Russians. The super heavyweight is a strong favourite to dominate his Argentinean opponent Dario Alcapan.
Greater challenges may await the Russian Boxing Team but that is unlikely to prevent the partisan crowd in Moscow’s Academy Boxing Gym from enjoying a good night.