Three defeats in five matches have left the Azeri Franchise reeling, while the Hurricanes are enjoying a superb start to WSB life.
This contest is a must win for the Baku Fires, and home advantage could prove crucial.
An imposing venue in the Guba Olympic Complex hosts this Group B match, where on Saturday 21st February fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 19:00 (GMT +4) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
Puerto Rico’s powerhouse Ocasio knocked out Eduard Johan Bermúdez Salas in his last bout, who beat Mamishzada in Week 2 of the season.
Amidst the Azeri crisis, Albert Selimov has remained calm and the WSB Lightweight (60 kg) legend puts his 2-0 record on the line when he faces Puerto Rican debutant Angel Lopez.
Welterweight Parviz Baghirov is 1-0 this season for the Baku Fires, but faces an intense fight with 1-1 Nicklaus Flaz who tasted victory two weeks ago.
1-1 Soltan Migitinov stopped Poland’s Jordan Kuliński in his last bout, and the Light heavyweight (81 kg) hunts another early night against 0-2 Joseph Laboy.
One of the most anticipated fights of the entire WSB weekend is the Super heavyweight (91+ kg) bout in Guba between 1-1 Arslanbek Makhmudov and the devastatingly powerful Hurricane Cosme Henrique dos Santos Nascimento.
Both Italia Thunder and Caciques Venezuela look to continue momentum in Porto Torres
After a quiet start to Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB), Italia Thunder are now unbeaten in three matches, and harbour serious hopes of climbing up the Group B table.
This week they host Caciques Venezuela, who are fresh off an excellent 4-1 home victory against Argentina Condors.
Palazzetto Dello Sport Alberto Mura (Porto Torres) is the venue for this vital Group A clash, where on Saturday 21st February fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 21:00 (GMT +1) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
India’s Gaurav Bidhuri lost his first match of the campaign for Italia Thunder, and will aim to improve in the opening match of the evening against Venezuelan Flyweight (52 kg) Orlando David Pino Silva who makes his debut in WSB.
Italy’s Donato Cosenza also makes his first appearance of the season Italia Thunder, and the Lightweight (60 kg) star meets 0-1 Nestor Armas.
Two more debutants clash at Welterweight (69 kg), with Italian star Dario Morello fighting Venezuelan Johan Jose Gonzalez Mendez.
Valentino Manfredonia has been one of Italy’s best boxers so far this season, and he looks for his third successive WSB win against South American Light heavyweight (81 kg) Sebastian Argenis Espana Pinto.
The last fight of the evening is at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) where Guido Vianello, whose first two WSB matches this season have resulted in disqualification wins for him faces 1-1 Edgar Ramon Munoz Mata who sensationally stopped Arslanbek Makhmudov in Week 2.
Can Argentina Condors defy the odds and claim first win of the season against Astana Arlans Kazakhstan?
Along with Cuba Domadores, Astana Arlans Kazakhstan are one of just two Franchises still undefeated in Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and they aim for their sixth successive win against Argentina Condors, who have yet to win a match this season.
The Almaty Sport Palace (Almaty) is the venue for this Group B clash, where on Saturday 21st February fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 18:00 (GMT +6) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
Flyweight (52 kg) Azamat Issakulov makes his first appearance for Astana Arlans against Argentina’s Ricardo Maximiliano Ibarra who makes his WSB debut.
WSB veteran Roman Chshegrinov is next up for Astana Arlans in a Lightweight (60 kg) bout with Argentina’s 0-1 Brian Ivan Nunez.
2013 AIBA World Championships gold medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov opens his WSB Season V account at Welterweight (69 kg) against Luis Alberto Veron, who competed well for the Condors last season.
An excellent Light heavyweight (81 kg) clash follows between 2-0 Croatian Hrvoje Sep representing Kazakhstan, and exciting South American Josue Oliver.
The last fight in Almaty is at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) and the giant Filip Hrgovic last seen knocking out America’s Brandon Glanton competes against the debuting Carlos Ortega.
In-form Russian Boxing Team and Ukraine Otamans meet in Volgograd
Russian Boxing Team have made an excellent start to Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) and sit in third place in Group A despite having competed in a match less than the majority of the other Franchises in the group.
This week they host second placed Ukraine Otamans, who have won four of their five matches this season.
Sports Palace Of The Volgograd Labor Unions (Volgograd) is the venue for this Group A clash, where on Saturday 21st February fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 20:00 (GMT +3) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
The action begins at Flyweight (52 kg) where Russia’s former AIBA Youth World Championships bronze medallist Vasilii Vetkin makes his first appearance of the campaign against Kyrgyzstan's Azat Usenaliev, whose sole appearance in Season V thus far for Ukraine Otamans was a TKO win over Andrew Selby.
2-0 Russian Lightweight (60 kg) Adlan Abdurashidov then faces Ukraine’s Pavlo Ishchenko who is competing for the first time this season.
Radzhab Butaev has looked excellent in his two WSB matches for Russia so far in Season V, and looks for his third win in a row at Welterweight (69 kg) against Ukraine’s 0-1 Oleg Zubenko.
Russian Light heavyweight (81 kg) Pavel Silyagin won his last match against Igor Teziev, but his quest for a clearer victory will be tough to accomplish during his bout with Oleksandr Khyzhniak, who is 2-0 including a brutal stoppage win over Britain’s Aston Brown.
Maxim Babanin’s sole Heavyweight (91 kg) win came via walkover, so his fight with Ukraine’s Ihor Shevadzutskyi could be a quick one, with neither man having enjoyed a single minute of WSB in ring action so far this season.
Mexico Guerreros aim to return to winning ways against confident China Dragons
Fresh off winning their first World Series of Boxing (WSB) match of the season, China Dragons travel to Mexico Guerreros who have lost their last two matches.
Gimnasio Olimpico De Aguascalientes (Aguascalientes) is the venue for this vital Group A clash, where on Saturday 21st February fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 20:30 (GMT -6) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
Home star Orlando Huitzil Ahuatl narrowly lost away in Russia two weeks ago, and faces a tough Flyweight battle against China’s Hu Jianguan, who beat Vyacheslav Tashkarakov in week two.
A fascinating Lightweight (60 kg) contest follows, where 1-0 Mexican Lindolfo Delgado meets China’s 0-1 Wang Lei. The two fighters have styles that should gel excellently in the contest.
Welterweight (69 kg) Marvin Cabrera has been shockingly out of form so far in Season V, losing both of his opening bouts, and will look to make amends against Chinese stylist Liu Wei.
Mexican Light heavyweight (81 kg) Rogelio Romero opens his season account for the Guerreros and meets 0-1 Shi Guojun.
The final bout of the evening is at Super heavyweight (91+ kg), and the hot prospect Edgar Ramirez puts his 1-0 record on the line against 0-1 Asian superstar Wang Zhibao.