Astana Arlans Kazakhstan v Cuba Domadores: WSB 2018 final first-leg

History repeats itself, as Astana Arlana Kazakhstan and Cuba Domadores both emerged from their WSB semi-final matches to face each other in the World Series of Boxing finals, live on BoxNation.

The rivalry will mean the two nations fight in a third final against each other, with Cuba coming out on top in 2015, and Kazakhstan victors in 2017. The thrilling trilogy continues on September 26t, live at midday.

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Termirtas ZHUSSUPOV v Damian ARCE DUARTE

5 x 3 Minute Rounds: Light-Flyweight contest

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Ilyas SULEIMENOV v Osvel CABALLERO

5 x 3 Minute Rounds: Bantamweight contest

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Dilmurat MIZHITOV v Andy CRUZ

5 x 3 Minute Rounds: Light-Welterweight contest

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Abilkhan AMANKUL v Osleys IGLESIAS

5 x 3 Minute Rounds: Middleweight contest

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Nurbol ALTAYEV v Erislandy SAVON

5 x 3 Minute Rounds: Heavyweight contest

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Italia Thunder edge Croatian Knights as World Series of Boxing action continues

Italia Thunder claimed a narrow win over the Croatian Knights as action continued today in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

Welterweight Mirko Natalizi registered a second-round knock-out win over Mate Rudan in the fourth bout to secure Italia Thunder’s away victory at the Mate Parlov Sport Center in Pula.

It ends a run of four consecutive defeats in Group B and earns them a second win from their six matches.

Vincenzo Picardi put Italia Thunder into a 1-0 lead after claiming a split-decision win over Tinko Rosenov Banabakov in their flyweight contest.

Croatian Knights moved back onto level terms thanks to super heavyweight Ante Verunica’s win against Guido Vianello by the same method, but they soon found themselves behind once more as Italia Thunder’s Michael Magnesi managed a comfortable victory over Stefan Ivanov at lightweight.

That gave Natalizi the opportunity to register the decisive win and he made no mistake in doing so.

The last bout of the night came at light heavyweight and saw Marko Calic secure a consolation victory for Croatian Knights by claiming a unanimous points win over Riccardo Valentino.

Italia Thunder have finished their Group B campaign in third with eight points, which is six more than last-placed Croatian Knights.

The last match in four-team round-robin is due to take place tomorrow with the British Lionhearts play host to the France Fighting Roosters.

France Fighting Roosters currently have 15 points, while the British Lionhearts have 13.

Today’s other WSB match pitted Colombia Heroicos against Cuba Domadores with the latter prevailing 3-2 on their visit to Combarranquilla in Soledad.

Lightweight Lazaro Alvarez, welterweight Roniel Iglesias and light heavyweight Julio La Cruz all claimed unanimous points wins to secure Cuba Domadores' Group A victory.

They beat Duvan Zuleta Moreno, Jhan Carlos Ubarnes Urango and Diego Alejandro Motoa Carabali respectively.

Colombia Heroicos' two points also came through 3-0 victories as flyweight Ceiber Avila Segura defeated Arnolys Bignotte Taylor and super heavyweight Cristian Salcedo Codazzi overcame Jose Larduet.

As well as France Fighting Roosters' meeting with the British Lionhearts, tomorrow will also see reigning WSB champions Astana Arlans Kazakhstan welcome China Dragons to Taraz in Group C.

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Cuba Domadores overcome Caciques Venezuela in a unique back to back nights in Vargas


Cuba Domadores maintained their pursuit to top Group Americas with a hard-earned double header win over the Caciques de Venezuela in Vargas on Friday and Saturday night.

It was a rare situation in the WSB, as both teams met two nights in a row. Friday night included the win of one of Venezuela’s favorite boxer, Olympic medalist Yoel Finol, over 2 times Olympic Champion Robeisy Ramirez for the pleasure of an ecstatic Venezuelan crowd.

Despite this impressive win, the Caciques lost 2-3 the Friday night matchup. Saturday night proved to be a difficult task for the Caciques versus a Cuban squad that included some Olympic and World champions. The Domadores walked away with their second win of the weekend, 4-1, and the full 6 points.

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WSB final match: Necessary evil

Our editorial staff has received several phone calls and emails, with regard to the celebration of the final match of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in Kazakhstan.

In general, local fans outraged because of the unfulfillment of what was agreed at the technical meeting regarding the celebration of home-and-away match to dispute the crown.

Aimed at clarifying doubts, I went to the Cuban Federation of this sport, and its president, Alberto Puig, confirmed that its initial state was the same. As an executive member of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), he stated his disagreement with the measure, but weighed up the pros and cons and preferred not to deprive our boxers from disputing the crown there, even under adverse conditions.

Cubans also rejected the fact that the official website of the event had published that the final would be there, even when the conditions were still being negotiated, so it was understood as a measure of pressure.

Of course, since it was not Cuba’s responsibility, our authorities demanded that the organizers cover the travel and subsistence expenses of the whole Cuban delegation (18 people) for a week, in which the members of the Domadores, including the figure in charge of deciding a likely tie, would benefit with a training base on Kazakh soil.

Moreover, and most importantly, he demanded in a clear tone that organizers have to provide total guarantees so all votes reflect what happened on the ring. Puig told me he wants to avoid at all costs an incident similar to the World Cup Houston-1999, because that would affect the image of IABA significantly, but he did not rule out withdrawing the squad if authentic deprivations take place at the Astana Sports Palace.

Finally, he explained that the line-up of the Domadores for the crucial clash would be released hours before departing to Kazakhstan, that is, at the end of next week.

From all this, you can gather once again that the Cuban Federation has acted with full transparency, and that the lack of seriousness does not fall over the Domadores, who will fight with all their strength to regain the crown they won last year.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

Cuban Domadores Know Contenders for Next Edition

Cuban boxing team Domadores (Tamers) will be included in the Group A for the 5th edition of the World Series of Boxing, according to the draw here by which the Cuban team will know which its contenders will be.

Cuba will be in Group A, together with Ukraine Otamans, Germany, Algeria Desert Hawk, Morocco, China, Russia and Mexico.

The first stage will gather 16 teams to compete, starting in January 2015.

Morocco and China will be a novelty, compared to the previous edition.

In Group B, Baku Fires (Azerbaidzhan), Astana Arlans (Kazahstan), Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder (Italy), Argentina Condors, Hussars Poland, USA Knockout and another team still not defined, will compete agaunbst each other.

Cuba Domadores will receive Morocco in the C-1 format (49, 56, 64, 75 and 91 kilograms) on January 16, to match later Algeria in the C-2 format (52, 60, 69, 81 and over 81 kilograms) on January 23.

From then on, Domadores will match Russia (C-1, home club, Jan 30), China (Feb 6, C-2, home club), Mexico (Feb 13, C-1, visitors), Germany (Feb. 20, C-2, home club) and Ukraine Otamans (Feb. 27, C-1, visitors).

There will be a second classification round until April 24, with an inverted organization, receiving the teams which received them at their respective homes.

The quarterfinals are scheduled in May 7 and 8, the semifinals in May 21 and 22 and the finals for June 11 and 12 in 2015.

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