The Otamans of Ukraine governed the armies of the Cossacks, leading the soldiers into battle and prevailing by way of tactical astuteness and sheer stubborn courage. Since WSB Season III, the name is now also carried by a Ukrainian team that has quickly established itself among the best in the world.
Reaching the finals in their debut season, sending defending champions Italia Thunder crashing out in the semis and only losing the title match by the narrowest of margins to Astana Arlans, the Otamans instantly won the respect of their fellow fighters.
Season IV began with five wins in succession, eventually finishing the group stage in second place to set up a historic meeting against the Russian Boxing Team that was described by AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu as a “perfect symbol of peace through sport”. The Otamans were unable to raise themselves however, and went crashing out over the two legs and setting their sights firmly on Season V.
Drawn in a strong Group A alongside the reigning champions Cuba, a fresh-looking line up had a decent start to their campaign, winning eight matches but ultimately failing to make it through to the play-offs in spite of a stellar performance from Oleksander, while the Uzbeks Hasanboy Dusmatov and Hurshidbek Normatov both delivered some stirring displays for their team.