The Astana Arlans lived up to their name once more in the first leg of the semi-finals against the British Lionhearts, delivering a 3-2 win in Sheffield. Now, the Kazakh team will welcome the Lionhearts in Atyrau City, in front of their fans, hoping to get the necessary points to reach the finals one more time.
It will be the C2 weight category which will close the semi-finals matches as the flyweight (52 kg), lightweight (60 kg), welterweight (69 kg), light heavyweight (81 kg) and super heavyweight (91+ kg) will shine on Saturday night.
The Kazakhs have proven the strength and consistency of their team over the past few seasons, losing only one match this season. For the second leg of this semifinals, the Arlans will live up to the expectation of the fans, as the squad includes, for instance, Hamburg 2017 World Championships silver medalist, Kamshybek Kunkabayev.
On the British side, the task will not be easy, but the team will arrive in Kazakhstan with a squad packed with young and talented boxers, including 2017 England Boxing Elite National Champion Solomon Dacres and 2017 EUBC Championships bronze medalist Calum French.
In case of a 3-2 win for British Lionhearts, and therefore an aggregate tie scoreboard, the tiebreaker will see welterweight Arlans’ Ablaikhan Zhussupov, bronze medalist in Hamburg 2017 World Championships, face Lionhearts’ Cyrus Pattinson.
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan vs British Lionhearts
Date: Saturday, May 26th
Venue: Sport Cultural Complex Zhaik, Atyrau City
Time: 16:21 GMT +5
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