After finding themselves within one win of a guaranteed second place
finish in World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group A, a full-strength Mexico
Guerreros team will be seeking nothing less than victory when they host
Azerbaijan Baku Fires at fortress Foro Polanco this Friday 22 February.
With classy Elias Emigio, unbeaten Marvin Cabrera and hard-hitting Isaac
Munoz-Gutierrez in their ranks, the hosts have the firepower to inflict
a first defeat of the season on the formidable Azeri team.
Bantamweight (50-54kg) Emigdio will get the show underway when the
21-year-old orthodox fighter faces the Fires’ tough Uzbek Orzubek
Shayimov. The Mexican, who boasts a 12-2 career WSB record, is the
overwhelming favourite for this one. Technically superior and boxing on
home turf, Emigdio should have too much about him with the classy
operator already sitting top of the individual ranking.
teenager Fernando Alvarez Diaz has impressed in his three appearances so
far in his debut campaign, notching up two wins in the process with his
only loss coming away against 2007 AIBA World Champion Albert Selimov.
The 19-year-old will have a big opportunity of extending that record
when he locks horns with Azeri southpaw Isa Isayev at Lightweight
(57-61kg). Isayev has struggled with the pace of WSB in his two defeats.
undefeated this season, Cabrera goes into his Middleweight (68-73kg)
contest with experienced Belarusian Mahamed Nurudzinau brimming with
confidence. The young Mexican southpaw has won all of his three contests
this season and could move up to first in the individual rankings with a
victory here. The Fires’ Nurudzinau, 32, is vastly experienced and with
a 6-2 WSB record so should not be taken lightly. Cabrera will have a
big height advantage in this one and his speed could also play a big
Fast and furious puncher Munoz Gutierrez goes into his
Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) bout as favourite with his long reach and
quality shot-making skills set to make the difference against savvy
Georgian Iago Kiziria. The 20-year-old has been impressive but faces his
toughest test yet when he locks horns with Kiziria, a brawler who has
yet to taste defeat in WSB.
It promises to be a highly explosive bout
at Heavyweight (91+kg) between the Guerreros’ larger than life Puerto
Rican Gerardo Miguel Bisabal Melero and up-and-coming Azeri orthodox
Uzeypat Ismailov in the final contest of the night. Sparks will fly
between these big guys. Will it go the distance? With the power these
two pack, the odds are that it will not.
This should be an
extremely close match between two intelligent and well-trained teams.
Azerbaijan are already guaranteed Group A top spot so there is more at
stake for Mexico, however the Fires are notorious for wanting to win
every single fight so the fans are sure to be treated to five contests
of the highest order./AzerTAc/