Morocco Atlas Lions continue winning streak after home win over Ukraine Otamans

A classic in Casablanca eventually resulted in a second successive World Series of Boxing (WSB) victory for Morocco Atlas Lions after they defeated Ukraine Otamans 3-2.

Uzbekistan’s second ranked Light flyweight (49 kg) Hasanboy Dusmatov took his season record to 6-0, and put immense pressure on number one ranked Patrick Barnes after he won every round against Moroccan debutant Yassine Zaher.

Mohamed Hamout then evened up the scoring in the second fight of the night when he beat Ukraine’s 3-2 Mykola Butsenko.

Hamout won the first three rounds on every scorecard, before Butsenko was forced to pull out through injury in round four.

5-0 Uzbek Hurshidbek Normatov restored Ukraine’s lead on the night, and earned crucial points for himself in the Middleweight (75 kg) race for Rio.

After comprehensively outpointing 1-3 Atlas Lion Said Harnouf, Normatov keeps his Olympic hopes alive.

Morocco pulled back the scoring to 2-2 after Heavyweight (91 kg) Amine Azzouzi won by unanimous decision over Ukrainian debutant Arsenity Azizov.

The last fight of the night was at Light welterweight (64 kg), a divison Ukraine had failed to win a single match in this season, and where Morocco’s representative Hamza El Barbari had also lost all five of his outings throughout the campaign.

After over 20 rounds without a victory in Season V, El Barbari finally achieved success when he earned a unanimous points verdict against 0-2 Dmytro Grynchenko.

An emotional El Barbari was close to tears after the match, and he deserves all the platitudes after a remarkable performance.

Morocco Atlas Lions host China Dragons next week, while Ukraine Otamans welcome Algeria Desert Hawks.