A young, hungry Türkiye Conquerors team, featuring four WSB debutants, proved too strong for the Ukraine Otamans in the final Group A regular season match.
The Ukraine Otamans had already secured the second Group A playoff spot, behind leaders Cuba Domadores, before the bout started leaving the Türkiye Conquerors competing for pride – a commodity that was on ample display from a team featuring three 19 year olds, a 20 year old and the wise old head, 22-year-old Burak Askin.
Flyweight Omer Koc led off this youthful brigade, making his first WSB appearance against the experienced Ukranian Denys Shkarubo. Urged on by the vocal Istanbul support, Koc grew into the contest after a nervous start. In the end the Turkish athlete’s greater weight of power was decisive, as he claimed rounds 3-5 by unanimous decision.
Hakan Dogan may have been the second of Türkiye Conquerors’ four debutants, but his supreme physical condition belied his stature as a novice. The AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships quarter-finalist dominated the final two rounds of his bout with Ukraine Otamans’ Viktor Slavinskyi, to claim a second win on the bounce for the Turkish franchise.
In a rare turnout for this match-up, Türkiye Conquerors’ welterweight Serhat Guler had the edge on experience in his bout against Ukraine Otamans’ debutant Vasyl Rybalka – Guler having fought in Week 3 of the current WSB season.
The Turkish fighter’s punishing jab wore Rybalka down before a lightening combination in the fourth, gave the 19-year-old home favourite a win by TKO.
The Youth Olympian Burak Aksin stepped up for his WSB debut comfortable in the knowledge that his team had already won the night. The light heavyweight contest that followed was a close affair but ultimately Ukraine Otamans’ former EUBC European Junior Champion Vladyslav Mykhailov went the way of his teammates, falling to defeat.
Facing the prospect of a second whitewash in three days – after the franchise lost 5-0 to Cuba Domadores in Havana on Thursday night – Ukraine Otamans’ super heavyweight Rostyslav Arkhipenko stepped into the ring. The 24 year old rescued some pride for his team, beating the Türkiye Conquerors’ fourth debutant Eren Uzun by TKO in the fourth round.
The win saw Türkiye Conquerors jump ahead of the China Dragons to finish the season third in Group A.