The most recent addition to the WSB ranks, the Algeria Desert Hawks, will be making their bow in the competition against last season runners-up on Sunday 18 November. The Russian team will use their nous and in-depth knowledge of the league to unsettle the newcomers at the North Olympic Center of Syktyvkar in order to claim all the points in this Group A clash.
The Desert Hawks however are the team comprised of the most number of London Olympians across all twelve WSB squads (eight), so in their minds they have nothing to fear. They have travelled to Northern Russia with two star names in 22-year-old Bantamweight (54kg) Samir Brahimi, and veteran of two seasons in the world’s premiere boxing team competition, Chouaib Bouloudinats.
Brahimi will be testing himself against unknown quantity Muhammad Shekhova in the match’s first contest before two newcomers go head-to-head at Lightweight (61kg) with Russia’s Konstantin Bogomazov versus 24-year-old Brahim Oukil. It will be once again two untested boxers battling it out in the Middleweight (73kg) bout as the Desert Hawks’ Sofiane Tabi takes on home boxer Sergei Sitikov.
Danil Shved, who was so impressive last season with three wins from four fights, has been assigned with the task of bringing down Fouzi Bouanka in the Light Heavyweight (85kg) showdown before Algerian superstar Bouloudinats closes out proceedings by going toe-to-toe with tall Russian southpaw Sergey Kalchugin.
Home advantage counts for a lot in this competition, however the Desert Hawks are brimming with confidence and are eager to test themselves against last year’s beaten finalists.