With quarter-final qualification from World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group
A still not mathematically guaranteed for Hussars Poland, they await
the visit of Azerbijan Baku Fires this Sunday 3 March (19:00 local time)
in their penultimate fixture of the regular season. One victory would
ensure their passage into the knockout phase, so the Poles will be
banking on the guile of Adil Aslanov and the power of Mateusz Malujda to
counter the threat posed by an impressive Azeri outfit.
teenager Sylwester Kozlowski will be relishing the opportunity of
turning out for his team for the very first on home soil with the
orthodox fighter set to clash with intelligent operator and European
Championships silver medalist Elvin Mamishzada. Kozlowski will be
relying on his height and reach advantage in the opening contest of the
night but it promises to be anything but straightforward in this
Bantamweight (50-54kg) battle.
With two successive victories
under his belt, Aslanov goes into the Lightweight (57-61kg) showdown
against Azerbaijan`s 22-year-old southpaw Magomedali Ukayev as
favourite. The rangy 21-year-old Pole has impressed with his grittiness
and stamina. Ukayev was unlucky in defeat last time out so will have a
big point to prove. It should make for an entertaining fight.
southpaw Ireneusz Zakrzewski from Poland will need to come up with
something special at Middleweight (68-73kg) if he is to trouble the
Fires` unbeaten Belarusian sensation Mikalai Vesialou. The away boxer,
who boasts a perfect 5-0 WSB record, has been in fine form this campaign
and is odds on favourite to extend that winning streak.
Heavyweight (80-85kg), another Hussars boxer will have to find a higher
level of boxing with Polish 25-year-old Michal Gerlecki pitted against
reigning WSB World Champion Ramazan Magomedau. The Azeri fighter, once
of the most tactically astute boxers in the whole competition, with his
12-0 record, should have too much about him in this bout.
very interesting to see who comes out on top in the Heavyweight (91+kg)
contest between uncompromising Malujda and tall Azeri Abdulkadir
Abdullayev. The Pole is a real brawler who likes to get up close and
personal with his rivals so to counter that Abdullayev will have to be
smart and box at distance. One thing is for sure, it will be an
Poland need the points but Azerbaijan will
be hurting from their first defeat of the season last time around so
will have only one thing on their mind, victory.