A collection of high-class youthful talent will be on show in Istanbul on Saturday as Türkiye Conquerors take on Ukraine Otamans in Group A. With the very best boxers from both franchises sitting this one out to prepare for the AIBA European Olympic Qualification Event, starting on April 9 in Samsun, Turkey, it has given a chance for the lesser lights to step up to the canvas.
A win for Ukraine Otamans would go a long way to confirming their playoff place, while a Türkiye Conquerors triumph would lift them off the bottom of the table.
Youth takes on experience in the flyweight class, with Türkiye Conquerors’ EUBC European Confederation Youth Boxing Championships bronze medallist Omer Koc facing Ukraine Otamans’ Denys Shkarubo, who has been competing internationally since 2008.
The lightweight clash is one of the most eagerly anticipated of the night. The classy 20-year-old WSB debutant, Hakan Dogan will be hoping to use a noisy home crowd against Ukraine Otamans’ Viktor Slavinskyi, who is riding high after an impressive win in Week 3.
In the third straight fight to feature a WSB debutant, Ukraine Otamans’ Vasyl Rybalka, for whom it will also be a first fight outside of Ukraine, faces Serhat Guler. The 19 year old lost on his WSB debut in Week 3.
Two former youth stars step in to the ring in the light heavyweight division. Türkiye Conquerors’ Youth Olympian Burak Aksin will be up against former EUBC European Junior Champion Vladyslav Mykhailov.
The third Turkish WSB debutant of the night, Eren Uzun faces a tough task in the final bout pitted against the experienced and in-form Rostyslav Arkhipenko. The Ukrainian secured a stunning success earlier this season, defeating Cuba Domadores’ two-time Panamerican Games gold medallist Leinier Eunice Pero.