Signifying the worldwide status of the World Series of Boxing (WSB), nine boxers from the team competition won medals last week at the 2015 AFBC African Confederation Boxing Championships in Casablanca, Morocco.
The event saw African representatives competing from all three International Boxing Association competition formats, and the successful WSB boxers managed to adapt back to the three round system of AIBA Open Boxing.
Number of medals from WSB Boxers:
Medals by Franchise:
Morocco Atlas Lions: 5
Algeria Desert Hawks: 3
Caciques Venezuela: 1
The success began when Achraf Kharroubi (MAR), the third ranked Flyweight (52 kg) in Season V for Morocco Atlas Lions, clinched a silver medal in the same weight class.
Top ten ranked Mohamed Hamout (MAR) then became the first Atlas Lion to win gold in Casablanca following a series of impressive performances at Bantamweight (56 kg).
Khalil Litim (ALG) of the Algeria Desert Hawks also won bronze in the tough Bantamweight division.
His teammate Reda Benbaziz (ALG) was ranked sixth at Lightweight (60 kg) last season, and continued his good form with the gold medal in Morocco.
Mohammed Rabii (MAR) earned a Rio 2016 Olympic Games quota place following his top ranking at Welterweight (69 kg) for Morocco Atlas Lions, which led to more success for the emerging prospect in his home games as he won by stoppage in a great final.
Yet another WSB gold was achieved at Heavyweight (91 kg), when Abouhamada Abdeljalil (MAR) emerged victorious in the powerful weight class. While Abdelhak Aatakni (MAR) of Morocco Atlas Lions won silver in Light Welterweight (64kg) division.
Willy Kyakonye (UGA) competed for Caciques Venezuela last season, and claimed bronze at Heavyweight.
The final WSB medal was delivered by Mohamed Grimes (ALG), who earned silver at Super Heavyweight (91+kg).