January 23, 2015
January 23, 2015

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Ukraine Otamans and British Lionhearts bid to remain undefeated in Kiev

Group A in Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) is packed full of world class Franchises, and both Ukraine Otamans plus their week two opponents British Lionhearts won their opening contests.

On Friday 23rd January, 21:30 (GMT +2) fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand at AIBABoxingTV.com.

Ukraine return to the Acco International Exhibition Center, Kiev, which was the scene of their first round 4-1 win over Mexico Guerreros, while British Lionhearts travel away for the first time in WSB this season, after their 3-2 win over China Dragons.

The first match of the evening is at Flyweight (52 kg) between Azat Usenaliev of Ukraine Otamans, and two-time AIBA World Championships medalist Andrew Selby of Wales who is representing the Lionhearts this season.

Usenaliev had an impressive victory over Bakhtovar Nazirov in the quarter-final stages of WSB last season, while Selby has competed for Italia Thunder and British Lionhearts in the competition, and is undefeated in his WSB career so far.

The Lightweights (60 kg) are in action next, with Oleg Prudkyi who impressed in his WSB Season IV outings facing Joseph Cordina, who won the bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Welterweight (69 kg) Bogdan Shelestyuk of Ukraine has won many medals across his boxing career, and his week two opponent is England’s Haizel Ekow Tabiri-Essuman who has a very entertaining style in the ring, and always comes to win.

European Junior Championships silver medallist Oleksandr Khyzhniak is one of the youngest members of Ukraine Otamans, but the Light heavyweight (81 kg) will be full of confidence against Scotland’s Aston Brown who previously competed in Season III of WSB.

The last fight of the night is at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) between Ukraine’s Viktor Vykhryst who has many seasons of WSB experience and England’s Joseph Joyce, who won the bronze in his class at the 2013 European Amateur Boxing Championships, competed at the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships and won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Astana Arlans Kazakhstan seek win number two away to Rafako Hussars Poland

After their opening win in Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB), Astana Arlans Kazakhstan travel to Lubin, as they face Rafako Hussars Poland who are looking for their first WSB victory following a loss away in Puerto Rico.

On Friday 23rd January, 20:30 (GMT +1) fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand at AIBABoxingTV.com.

The night begins at Flyweight (52 kg) and features Hamza Touba who featured for Team Germany last season now representing Poland against Olzhas Sattibayev who is one of the toughest members of the Astana Arlans squad.

Lightweight (60 kg) Polish fighter Dawid Michelus won the bronze medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and he fights former Kazakhstan National Champion Zakir Safiullin.

An intriguing clash at Welterweight (69 kg) follows between Northern Ireland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Steven Donnelly who is competing for Poland this season, against Madiyar Ashkeyev, who achieved the performance of his life in September’s “Clash of Champions” as he beats Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo via split decision.

The penultimate fight is at Light heavyweight (81 kg) with Poland’s WSB veteran Mateusz Jerzy Tryc facing Croatia’s Hrvoje Sep who has amassed over 20 fights in this competition, including many wins for his Franchise Astana Arlans Kazakhstan.

Another Croatian representing Kazakhstan competes in the main event, as Filip Hrgovic who was ranked in the top three Super heavyweights (91+ kg) last season takes on Poland’s Pawel Wierzbicki who is a former AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships medalist.

Russian Boxing Team make their Season V debut against China Dragons

Following the postponement of their week one World Series of Boxing (WSB) match, Russian Boxing Team make their first appearance of Season V against China Dragons, who narrowly lost 3-2 to British Lionhearts in London, England last week.

This time the Dragons are at home with the Mangrovetree Convention Center the venue in Sanya, and On Friday 23rd January, 19:30 (GMT +8) fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand at AIBABoxingTV.com.

The first fight of the night is at Flyweight (52 kg) and features the speedy Hu Jianguan against Russia’s Vyacheslav Tashkarakov who competed well in WSB last season.

Lightweight (60 kg) Chinese sensation Wang Lei reached the latter stages of many international tournaments during 2014, and he opens his account in this competition against Russia’s Adlan Abdurashidov who was the top Lightweight seed in Season II of WSB.

A former WSB competitor, Liu Wei returns at Welterweight (69 kg) for China Dragons against Radzhab Butaev who claimed an impressive win last season against Denys Berinchyk.

China’s Aolin Zhang is ranked in the top 15 of the AIBA Light Heavyweight rankings, and he will hope to impress in the same weight class in WSB when he squares off against Russia’s former national junior boxing Champion Vladimir Shishkin.

In the main event of the evening, the Super Heavyweights (91+ kg) are in action, with the powerful Wang Zhibao competing against Russia’s Gasan Gimbatov who is looking to fulfill his undoubted potential this season.

Can Puerto Rico Hurricanes make it two wins in a row against Argentina Condors?

An American derby ends the second week of Season V of the World Series of Boxing, with Argentina Condors at home to Puerto Rico Hurricanes.

The Condors lost their first week bout 4-1 at home against USA Knockouts, while the Hurricanes enjoyed a dream debut as they beat Rafako Hussars Poland at home.

Sunday 25th January is the date, and the Stadium of Argentina Boxing Federation, Buenos Aires is the venue, and fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 00:00 (GMT -3) at AIBABoxingTV.com.

A Flyweight (52 kg) fight opens proceedings, and the fast and pacy Cristian Alan Choque Chambi looks for victory against  Puerto Rico’s prospect Jeyvier Cintrón Ocasio who won the silver medal at the 2012 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, and was one of the youngest competitors in the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he advanced to the quarter-finals, losing only to the two-time AIBA World Champion Misha Aloian.

The second fight of the evening is at Lightweight (60 kg) with Argentina’s Brian Ivan Nunez, who competed in many matches last season fighting Jose Rosario who won the Cheo Aponte Tournament last year.

Up next are the Welterweights (69 kg) and one of Argentina’s best boxers is in action, as Alberto Ignacio Palmetta, ranked top 20 in the world by AIBA faces Nicklaus Flaz who won bronze at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games.

Argentina Condors Light heavyweight (81 kg) Marcos Escudero then fights Puerto Rico’s Joseph Laboy, before the conquering Super heavyweights (91+ kg) finish the evening off as WSB veteran Facundo Cesar Ghiglione represents Argentina against the powerful Cosme Henrique dos Santos Nascimento.

Algeria Desert Hawks open their WSB Season against Cuba Domadores

The Defending World Series of Boxing (WSB) Champions Cuba Domadores enjoyed a successful start to the competition in week one when they whitewashed Morocco Atlas Lions 5-0, and this time they travel to Africa to face Algeria Desert Hawks.

This will be the first appearance of the season for the Hawks after their first week match with Russian Boxing Team was postponed due to bad weather, and they will be itching to make an immediate impression on the tournament.

Hocine Chalane, Blida hosts the action for this Group A match, and on Saturday 24th January, fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 18:00 at AIBABoxingTV.com.

The Flyweights (52 kg) are in action first, and Abdelhakim El Barka has a tough task against Cuba’s Yosbany Veitia who won all eight of his WSB matches last season.

A Lightweight (60 kg) battle follows that, and it doesn’t get any easier for Algeria with two-time AIBA World Champion, Olympic bronze medalist and 6-1 WSB record holder Lazaro Alvarez facing Algeria’s Reda Benbaziz who will look to rely on his past WSB experience.

Algerian Welterweight (69 kg) Sofiane Tabi then looks to showcase his skills in front of his home fans against Cuban gold medal specialist Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo who went 5-0 in his debut WSB season.

Light heavyweight (81 kg) sees Julio Cesar De La Cruz putting his 5-1 WSB record on the line when he faces two-time Olympian and 2007 All-Africa Games gold medalist Nabil Kassel.

The last fight of the evening at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) could be Algeria’s best chance of a win, as they have Hamza Beguerni in action, who memorably knocked out England’s Joseph Joyce in the 2013 AIBA World Championships.

His opponent, Lenier Eunice Pero won the gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games, but the Cuban will have to be wary of the power from his African opponent.

Can Caciques Venezuela create the ultimate upset against Azerbaijan Baku Fires?

After losing 5-0 in their debut World Series of Boxing (WSB) match away in Kazakhstan, Caciques Venezuela look for their first win in the competition at home against WSB Season IV runners-up Azerbaijan Baku Fires.

The Fires crushed Italy 4-1 in their opening match of the season, and will fancy their chances for another big win away in South America.

Estadio Polideportivo José María Vargas, Maiquetía is the venue for the action, and on Saturday 24th January, fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 21:00 (GMT -4.5) at AIBABoxingTV.com.

Eduard Johan Bermúdez Salas competed at the 2008 Olympic Games for Venezuela, and he makes his WSB debut at Flyweight (52 kg) against Azerbaijan’s Elvin Mamishzada who impressed in the Finals last year with a decisive win over Cuba’s Gerardo Cervantes.

There is great action at Lightweight (60 kg) in fight number two, with home favourite Nestor Armas in action against The Baku Fires superstar Albert Selimov who snapped the undefeated streak of the number one ranked Lazaro Alvarez last season.

Welterweight (69 kg) Gabriel Maestre Perez reached the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the Venezuelan many fancy his chances against Yauheni Ramashkevich, who has a 2-3 WSB career record, and lost the deciding match in the Season IV Finals.

The Light heavyweight (81 kg) division always produces entertaining contests in WSB, and Albert Ramon Ramirez Duran makes his debut for Venezuela when he fights 2012 Olympian Soltan Migitinov.

Azerbaijan’s Arslanbek Makhmudov was the number one ranked Super heavyweight (91+ kg) in WSB last season amassing a 5-0 record, and he is the clear favourite in the last fight of the evening against Edgar Ramon Munoz Mata who competed at Light heavyweight in the 2004 Olympic Games.

Mexico Guerreros and Morocco Atlas Lions both aim for their first win of the season

Aguascalientes, Mexico, hosts the first home fixture for Mexico Guerreros in Season V of the World Series of Boxing, and they host Morocco Atlas Lions.

Both Franchises lost their first match of the season, so these five bouts carry huge significance even at this early stage of the competition.

This Group A match takes place on Saturday 24th January, 20:15 (GMT -6) , and fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand at AIBABoxingTV.com.

The Flyweights (52 kg) open this fixture, with speedy Mexican Alam Yael de la Luz Galindo fighting Morocco’s Achraf Kharroubi who won the prestigious Roberto Balado Cup in Havana last year.

Mexico’s Lightweight (60 kg) Lindolfo Delgado began his WSB career last season, and he opens up his account here against Moroccan Abdellah Boudrar who won October’s Mohamed VI Trophy.

An interesting Welterweight (69 kg) clash follows between WSB Season III number one ranked Marvin Cabrera of Mexico fighting Mohammed Rabii who will be looking to cause an upset away from home.

Ecuador’s Carlos Mina claimed the gold medal at the Pacific Cup in the latter stages of last year, and his excellent recent form sees him compete at Light heavyweight (81 kg) in WSB for Mexico.

His opponent is Mohamed Assaguir, a relatively unknown fighter who is looking to make a name for himself in WSB.

The last fight of the evening is a powerful contest at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) and Mexico’s young Edgar Ramirez is a truly promising boxer, and he faces Morocco’s Thierry Adolphe Ngueharoum in a bout that could end very early.

USA Knockouts look to inflict further damage on Italia Thunder in Miami

After their opening week one victory over Argentina Condors, the USA Knockouts seek to make it two wins out of two in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) against Italia Thunder, who are reeling from their opening loss in Azerbaijan.

The Miccosukee Sports & Entertainment Dome, Miami is the venue for this Group B match, and on Saturday 24th January, 19:30 (GMT -5) fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand at AIBABoxingTV.com.

In the first fight of the night, the Flyweights (52 kg) are in action, and Brent Venegas III is one of the brightest prospects in America, but will have to be at his best to defeat Gaurav Bidhuri, an Indian boxer who represents Italy, and who has prior WSB experience for former Franchise Mumbai Fighters.

The Lightweights (60 kg) are in action next, and the 2014 Junior and Youth Open Champion Carlos Balderas is just 19-year-old, one of the youngest competitors in WSB this season, and is tipped as a potential future superstar in the sport.

His opponent is Italy’s Fabio Introvaia, one of the most technically gifted boxers in the Italian squad.

Three-time Golden Gloves Champion Brian Ceballo has big dreams of making the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and the Welterweight (69 kg) fights a decorated Olympian Fred Evans in Miami.

Evans, a Welshman representing Italy, won the silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and is a European gold medalist.

US army soldier Steven Nelson only began boxing in 2010, but is now the number one Light Heavyweight (81 kg) for America, and the Knockouts star fights Italy’s Valentino Manfredonia who competed well in many international events during 2014.

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