The Astana Arlans Kazakhstan continued to impress in Season VII on Saturday night, taking their unbeaten run to four matches with a rousing victory over Russia’s Patriot Boxing Team in Taraz. The new-look Russian franchise fielded a strong combination of experience and fresh talent in their pursuit of three points, but the side struggled to cope with an in-form Kazakhstan outfit looking to secure their third WSB title.
Flyweights (52kg) Olzhas Sattibayev and Viacheslav Tashkarakov began the evening’s action, and despite a bright start from the Russian, Sattibayev’s search for an eighth win in ten WSB bouts since 2013 rarely looked in doubt as he assumed the initiative with some rapid combinations before sealing victory when the Referee was forced to stop the bout at the end of the third round. A consummate performance from the ever-impressive Zakir Safiullin then brought his sixth victory in the competition as he overcame Artur Subkhankulov to win their Lightweight (60kg) bout by unanimous decision, and the Arlans found themselves one bout away from a crucial victory.
It was left to Shakhabas Makhmudov to try and get the visitors back into the match in his Welterweight (69kg) bout against Aslanbek Shymbergenov, but the compact Kazakh gave away few opportunities for the Russian to score. Makhmudov remained keenly competitive to the final bell, but as he chased the bout he inadvertently walked onto a couple of big right crosses from Shymbergenov, and the experienced Arlan pushed on to register his seventh WSB win and take the hosts into an unassailable 3-0 lead.
The long-running Light Heavyweight (81kg) rivals Arman Rysbek and Pavel Silyagin contested a brilliant fourth bout of the evening, the Arlans’ Rysbek immediately looking to close the distance against the taller Silyagin and landing some explosive blows as his opponent struggled to find the kind of rhythm that had seen him unbeaten in his seven previous WSB bouts. The referee had to step in halfway through the fourth round with Silyagin rocked by a short, direct left, and Rysbek seized the opportunity to power his way to a split-decision victory.
At 4-0 up and eager to complete a remarkable whitewash against the Russians, the hosts’ newcomer Olzhas Bukayev faced off against the imposing figure of Russian Magomed Omarov in an entertaining Super Heavyweight (+91kg) duel. Omarov was consistently effective with his southpaw left as Bukayev tried to get inside and find some success of his own, but it was to prove a chastening WSB debut for the Kazakh as Russia’s 27-year-old talent secured a point for his team to leave the final score 4-1 to the Astana Arlans.