Inside WSB Season VII Playoffs – the view from the Quarter-Finalists

With the Quarter-Finals of WSB Season VII kicking off this week, we caught up with some of the stars of the franchises that comprise the last eight as they prepare to help take their teams a step closer to June’s grand final.

Frazer Clarke (British Lionhearts)
“It would be a great honour for me personally to get my hands on the WSB trophy after coming so close last season. While me and the team were happy to reach the final, all of the British Lionhearts hate to lose, so it was a bittersweet moment to walk away with a prestigious trophy but not the one we wanted. Lifting the winning trophy would be a proud moment for me and all the team as we would be able to call ourselves the best, just like Cuba did last season, and enter into the history of this great competition, something that we are all working very hard to do.”

Samuel Carmona (France Fighting Roosters)
“The WSB Trophy is the most prestigious international competition after the Olympic Games, and winning the title will put me among the best boxers in the World. I really think that we can do it and I will do my best to achieve it.”

Clemente Russo (Italia Thunder)
“I am a veteran of this prestigious trophy having competed for the first time in 2010, and in my opinion it is the perfect union between the professional and amateur worlds. WSB gives you the awareness to be able to fight as a professional athlete and to reach the Olympic Games, as happened to me at London 2012. I won the individual trophy in 2011 and team trophy in 2012 and that was a stunning moment for me.”

Yuberjen Martinez (Colombia Heroicos)
“The WSB is very important for me. This is the first time that Colombia has had a team in the competition and it is an honour for to be a part of something I have always dreamed of winning. It’s amazing to compete for this trophy and I am really thankful to God to allow me to become the number one boxer for Colombia.”

Sofiane Oumiha (France Fighting Roosters)
“To win this trophy means being the world’s best team. It means working as a team in an individual sport, so I would be delighted to be champion. To compete in WSB is an enriching experience.”

Shakram Giyasov (Uzbek Tigers)
“I want to thank AIBA for giving us the opportunity to compete in the World Series of Boxing. This is only our second season as a team, but our target is to win the title. Personally, I am enjoying the five-round contests but to win the title I know we need our very best performance and a little luck.

Anton Pinchuk (Astana Arlans)
“Our goal is to win the WSB title for the third time. It would be my first success in the league, too, so it means everything to me. Astana Arlans Kazakhstan has been one of the favourites every year since Season I, and our fans are expecting us to win the title again in Season VII. Many thanks to our fans who support us in all our matches and give us that bit of extra power and motivation. I like the attitude of our team. I see the hard work in every training session and our coaches investing a lot of work and effort, so I believe we have every chance to win the Play-Off. Our objective and attitude is only to win, nothing else is acceptable.”

Pavel Silyagin (Patriot Boxing Team)
“World Series of Boxing means the opportunity to box five rounds and allows me to test myself in how I can use my power differently. The Patriot Boxing Team always wants to win all our matches, no matter who the opponent is, so I hope we can win the WSB title and it would be perfect for my own individual ranking too.”