Algeria Desert Hawks win African derby after outperforming Morocco Atlas Lions

The second ever World Series of Boxing (WSB) African derby was won by Algeria Desert Hawks 4-1 over Morocco Atlas Lions.

This was only the second win for Algeria in Season V of WSB, but their wonderful performance more than warranted the victory, and offers sweet revenge after narrowly losing the first derby earlier on in the campaign.

Morocco will be disappointed at losing their first match in four fixtures, but will take some comfort from remaining three places above their African opponents in the Group A table.

Algeria set the template for their overall victory in the first bout of the evening at Light flyweight (49 kg), when Zoheir Toudjine won his first match of the season in five attempts against Zouhair El Bekkali.

No Algerian Light flyweight had achieved success across six fixtures, so Toudjine will be delighted to destroy that record.

The Atlas Lions levelled up the scoring at Bantamweight (56 kg) after 3-2 Mohamed Hamout widely outpointed 0-4 Fahem Hammachi.

Hamout looked excellent in the bout and teamed fast hands with a wide array of shots.

Light welterweight (64 kg) Ahmed Boudiaf recovered from the losing the first round against Morocco’s Hamza El Barbari to win perhaps the most entertaining fight of the night.

Boudiaf took control in round two, before dropping El Barbari in the third frame.

Moments after the knockdown, the ringside doctor ruled that the Moroccan could not continue due to a head injury, which resulted in Algeria’s second win of the evening.

Ilyas Abbadi has been one of Algeria’s most successful boxers this season, and the star enjoyed his fourth successive home win over Said Harnouf to secure the famous victory for his Franchise.

Abbadi delighted the crowd with his entertaining style, and completely dominated Harnouf over the course of their contest.

The win means that Abbadi finishes the Regular Season sixth in the Middleweight (75 kg) rankings.

Another stoppage occurred in the last match of the night when Heavyweight (91 kg) Bouziane Houna finished Amine Azzouzi in round two.

Houna had dropped Azzouzi twice earlier in the round, and after another flurry the referee called an end to the bout.

Algeria Desert Hawks travel to China Dragons next week in the last match of the Regular Season, while Morocco Atlas Lions host Russian Boxing Team.