A pulsating display from home team Rafako Hussars Poland belied their status as the only winless team in WSB’s Group C, as they demolished Argentina Condors 5-0 in Krakow on Friday evening.
With neither team able to qualify for the Season VI playoffs, this match-up was all about pride and desire, two qualities the five Rafako Hussars Poland boxers showed right from the first bell.
Debutant Maciej Jozwik may have understandably shown signs of nervousness in the opening minutes of his flyweight bout against Argentina Condors’ Christian “La Joyita” Roda, but buoyed by his ringside team the 22 year-old grabbed control of the contest in the second round and never looked back.
Seemingly fired up by his compatriot’s example, the lightweight Mateusz Polski was ultra-aggressive from the start as he took on Brian Ivan Nunez. Despite the odd bright moment, the Argentinean succumbed to his third successive Season VI loss, with Polski proving superior in almost every department.
All the momentum was with the home side and Rio 2016 Olympic Games-bound Steven Donnelly was far too experienced not to make that count. The Irish welterweight, who fights for Rafako Hussars Poland, threw powerful combinations from the start to which the inexperienced Maximiliano Ocampo had no answer.
Three bouts, three victories had the Krakow crowd revelling in their franchise’s first win of Season VI. With the pressure off, Rafako Hussars Poland’s Arkadiusz Szwedowicz and Argentina Condors’ Juan Gabriel Rizzo enjoyed an absorbing light heavyweight clash. Despite a strong final round from the Argentinean, Szwedowicz did enough to keep his team’s unblemished record intact.
Heavier, taller and more experienced, Rafako Hussars Poland’s German boxer Florian Schulz was in no mood to spoil the party. The 2015 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championship silver medallist won all five rounds in his super heavyweight bout contest against the inexperienced 20 yea- old, Kevin Nicolas Espindola.
It was a heartening end to the season for Rafako Hussars Poland who jumped ahead of their opponents in Group C. Argentina Condors do have a chance to take back third position when they face the Russian Boxing Team on Saturday night in Moscow.