Saturday evening in Karaganda sees Astana Arlans Kazakhstan meet Russia’s Patriot Boxing Team for the fourth time this season, knowing that another win will see them safely through to the WSB Season VII Semi-Finals. The Patriots haven’t been on the winning side in the sides’ three matches to date, and will need to overcome a 3-2 home first-leg deficit if they are to reach the last four.
First up in the Serik Sapiyev Boxing Centre in Karaganda will be Kazakhstan’s ASBC Asian Champion Olzhas Sattibayev and Ivan Abramov at Flyweight (52kg). The Arlans’ Rio 2016 Olympian currently has an 8-2 record over five rounds that includes wins over the Russians Karen Arutiunian and Viacheslav Tashkarakov, and the Patriots newcomer will need to produce an incredible debut if he is to get his team a morale-boosting win.
The hosts’ experienced Lightweight (60kg) Zakir Safiullin has been part of the national set up since 2009, and has developed a patient, intelligent approach that will prove a major challenge to Patriot’s Shakhriyor Akhmedov, who made a winning WSB debut back in Week Three. At Welterweight (69kg), Aslanbek Shymbergenov, boxer of the Week in the last round of the preliminaries, meets the Russian he defeated back in Week Seven, Shakhabas Makhmudov, before Arlans’ Light Heavyweight (81kg) Arman Rysbek looks to extend his unbeaten record to five WSB bouts against Imam Khataev, who makes his second start in for the visitors after a victorious debut in Season VI.
Former ASBC Asian Junior Champion Dmitriy Zisko comes into the Arlans side on Saturday to replace Olzhas Bukayev at Super Heavyweight (+91kg) and will be making his WSB debut against Patriot Boxing Team’s current National Champion Artem Suslenkov. Should the scores stand at 5-5 after that final bout, Astana Arlans’ defending FISU University World Champion Nursultan Amanzholov and Patriot Boxing Team’s Maxim Babanin will go toe-to-toe for a decisive Super Heavyweight (+91kg) bout.