Morocco Atlas Lions get WSB season underway against Mexico’s mighty Guerreros

The Unidad Deportiva IV Centenario in Aguascalientes, Mexico, hosts another enticing evening of WSB action on Saturday as Mexico Guerreros take on Morocco Atlas Lions, with the home side looking to build on their semi-final surge in Season V. The Atlas Lions also looked strong during last year’s debut campaign, and will be eager to go one step further and qualify for the knockout phase.

Mexico’s U21 National silver medalist Elwin Soto will be hoping to utilise his small frame and aggressive style against Moroccan southpaw Imad Ahayoun in the opening light flyweight bout as both sides seek the early advantage. The AMBC Bantamweight silver medalist Sergio Chirino will have more of a physical advantage over the Lions’ Azzedine Madjoubi, who makes his WSB debut on Saturday night.

Mexico Guerreros’ third boxer, Raul Curiel, qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games following his unbeaten record in Season V, and as such can afford to take a patient approach against Morocco’s dangerous southpaw, the experienced AIBA African Olympic Qualification Tournament winner and London 2012 Olympian Abdelhak Aatakni.

Colombia’s AMBC American Confederation Champion Jorge Luis Vivas was drafted in to the Mexico squad in December to strengthen their middleweight category, and he will be the favourite against Said Harnouf who joined the Moroccan national team in 2013. Rounding off the night is a heavyweight southpaw battle between the former AMBC American Confederation Champion Julio Castillo and Abdeldjalil Abouhamada, with the home crowd sure to get right behind their man and make a tough task even harder for Abouhamada.