It is five from five for the all-conquering Russian Boxing Team as they comfortably defeated Group C rivals Venezuela Caciques 4-1 in Moscow on Friday evening. It was a result that confirmed the home team as table toppers, while Rafako Hussars Poland’s win over Argentina Condors, also on Friday night, means Venezuela Caciques are guaranteed to reach the Season VI playoffs.
The first bout of the night was a spectacular affair with Russian Boxing Team’s Ovik Ogannisian and Venezuela Caciques’ Franklin Jose Gonzalez going toe-to-toe. The 19-year-old Venezuelan was too quick in the opening round but the more experienced Ogannisian stepped in and took the next four to win a match dominated by thrilling, attacking boxing.
Next up Adlan Abdurashidov, whose performances in 2015 were good enough to win him a place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was a class above the willing Venezuelan Christian Palacio. Speed of thought and footwork proved the difference between the two.
Russian National Championships bronze medallist Albert Karibian did his burgeoning reputation no harm in the welterweight contest, knocking down Victor Pinango. The Russian, who got better and better, put the Venezuelan on the canvas in the penultimate round.
In the fourth contest up, the 20-year-old light heavyweight Nalek Korbaj provided the shock of the night, recovering from losing the first two rounds to World Military Games silver medallist Gamzat Gazaliev, before winning the next three to triumph.
There were no such fireworks from Venezuela’s Brazilian super heavyweight Henrique Dos Santos Nascimento in the final bout of the night against Andrey Afonin. The big South American was unable to make his height advantage count and lost by a unanimous points decision.
The Russian Boxing Team has one more regular season match, against Argentina Condors on Saturday evening.