With a relatively inexperienced team lining up at Foro Polanco, Mexico Guerreros will be turning to talismanic Bantamweight (54kg) Elias Emigdio to show the team the way to victory when Hussars Poland come to town.
21-year-old Emigdio made a name for himself in WSB season one by convincingly winning three of his four bouts and alerting everyone to his burgeoning talent following several stunning performances. Many expected his form to dip in his second campaign with the Guerreros but in fact he came back a more polished competitor and won all of his five fights during the regular season to qualify for the Individual Championships.
He has since become one of the team’s leaders and will be passing on his experience to his teammates as they battle an intriguing quintet of boxers representing the visitors. Emigdio will pit his wits against 19-year-old Sylwester Kozlowski.
Four out of the five Hussars boxers will taste WSB for the very first time so Heavyweight (91+kg) Michal Olas, who is the only one to have competed in the league after contributing towards Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder’s winning the WSB Team Trophy last season, will be assuming the role of leader for the Polish Franchise. He faces tough Venezuelan southpaw Jose David Payares, a veteran of the first WSB season.
The Lightweight (61kg) contest will see two newcomers go head-to-head with Guerreros teenager Fernando Alvarez Diaz being challenged by Polish 23-year-old Jacek Adam Wylezol. The Middleweight (73kg) showdown will be between Mexican southpaw Marvin Cabrera and the agile Mateusz Jerzy Tryc. The Guerreros’ Isaac Munoz Gutierrez will then test himself against experienced Pole Michal Gerlecki in the evening’s Light Heavyweight (85kg) contest.
Victory in this Group A match is up for grabs with the odds slightly in favour of the home team. The Guerreros have an excellent record at Foro Polanco but with several newcomers in the squad, it could be a good opportunity for the Hussars to show they mean business in this competition.