The team hailing from Africa’s northern belt of Maghreb nations have a cultured history in boxing and count amongst their ranks some major stars but the Algeria Desert Hawks franchise failed to make a real impact in the WSB when they debuted in Season III as they finished bottom of Group A after winning just 18 of 50 bouts.
The team’s second season in WSB saw them improve, as they won three matches despite finishing bottom of Group A. Indeed, the Desert Hawks were still able to qualify for the playoffs ahead of the last match of the Regular Season, a sure mark of their progression.
Led by the Algerian Boxing Federation (FAB) President Nabil Sadi, The WSB’s first African franchise enjoys huge support on home soil and it was their form in Algeria that proved to be the difference, as they won three out of their five home fixtures.
Those wins included victories over playoffs qualifiers USA Knockouts and Team Germany, as well as a hugely spirited 3-2 win over Argentina Condors.
The arrival of a second African Franchise from Morocco in Season V, whom they have been drawn against in Group A, and will hopefully bring out the best in the Desert Hawks, as they will aim to establish themselves as the dominant African team.
World Championships silver medallist, the Light Flyweight Mohamed Flissi had an up and down Season IV, but his return win over Serge Neumann was the first win of the night in Algeria’s historic victory over Team Germany, and was perhaps Algeria’s most important victory of the season.