This result means that the returning Chinese Franchise are still yet to pick up their first victory of Season V, while victory in Asia will give the Russian team much confidence for the rest of the campaign.
The Dragons actually won the first fight of the evening at Flyweight (52 kg), as Hu Jianguan defeated Russia’s Vyacheslav Tashkarakov by TKO-I 42 seconds into the fifth round.
Jianguan was ahead on two scorecards, with the third drawn by the time of the stoppage.
The Russian revolution continued at Welterweight (69 kg) as Radzhab Butaev dominated the majority of the rounds against Liu Wei.
A closer battle was found in the Light heavyweight (81 kg) division, but another Russian victory was to be found, this time via split decision.
China’s Aolin Zhang began the fight impressively, but Vladimir Shishkin took control of the contest as the bout progressed, and two judges awarded him with 49:46 contests, while the third gave it to Zhang by a single round.
That result enabled a winning night for Russia, and they wrapped up the victory at Super heavyweight (91 kg) with Gasan Gimbatov winning every round against Wang Zhibao.
Russia’s win sees them assert themselves in Group A, and they travel away to Cuba Domadores in week three, while China Dragons will continue to look for their first WSB victory at home to Ukraine Otamans.
Knockouts, upsets and injuries help Ukraine Otamans remain undefeated at the British Lionhearts expense
After victory for both Ukraine Otamans and British Lionhearts in their opening Group A matches, the second week bout between the two undefeated sides was eagerly anticipated.
A night of incredible action ultimately ended with a 3-2 victory for Ukraine Otamans, which kept them undefeated and gave British Lionhearts their first defeat of Season V.
The Acco International Center in Kiev was the venue for this titanic tussle, which began with one of the biggest shocks in the history of the World Series of Boxing (WSB).
British Lionhearts Flyweight (52 kg) and two-time AIBA World Championships medalist Andrew Selby entered his match with Ukraine’s Azat Usenaliev defending a 9-0 WSB record, and a reputation as one of the best fighters in the world.
Four rounds later, Selby’s undefeated record was destroyed after he was pulled out after an eye injury.
Selby still would have lost had he managed to finish the bout, as he was behind by large margins on every scorecard, and Usenaliev deserves many plaudits for his excellent performance.
A close Lightweight (60 kg) contest followed, which saw Oleg Prudkyi defeated Lionheart Joseph Cordina on points.
Welterweight (69 kg) Haizel Ekow Tabiri-Essuman then pulled back a priceless victory for the Lionhearts when he won via split decision against Bogdan Shelestyuk.
The Otamans continued their assault however, and won the night in the fourth fight, with European Junior Championships silver medallist Oleksandr Khyzhniak stopping Aston Brown in the second round of their Light heavyweight (81 kg) contest.
Powerful Super heavyweight (91+ kg) Joseph Joyce then clawed back a valuable point for British Lionhearts in the final fight of the evening, as he sensationally stopped Viktor Vykhrest in round two.
Both Franchises return to action next weekend, with Ukraine Otamans looking to keep their undefeated run going away against China Dragons, while British Lionhearts also compete abroad, as they travel to Africa to face Morocco Atlas Lions.
Rafako Hussars Poland come so close to upset against Astana Arlans Kazakhstan
After five matches of intense quality in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), Rafako Hussars Poland narrowly missed out on one of the biggest upset victories in the history of the competition, as Astana Arlans Kazakhstan ultimately won the match 3-2.
Regionalne Centrum Sportowe Sp. Z O.o, Lubin was the location for this highly entertaining series of matches, which started with a win for Astana Arlans at Flyweight (52 kg) as Olzhas Sattibayev outpointed Germany’s Hamza Touba who represents Poland.
The upset became possible in the second fight however, when Lightweight (60 kg) Dawid Michelus, who won the bronze medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games added to his impressive résumé when he defeated former Kazakhstan National Champion Zakir Safiullin by a single point on all three scorecards.
Northern Ireland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Steven Donnelly is competing for Rafako Hussars Poland this season, and achieved an impressive debut as he made it 2-1 on the night for his Franchise as he won by unanimous decision against Madiyar Ashkeyev.
Poland were so close to winning the match in the fourth bout, but a split decision went the way of Kazakhstan, when veteran Light heavyweight (81 kg) Hrvoje Sep impressed two of the judges against Mateusz Jerzy Tryc, who won the fight according to one scorecard.
With everything on the line coming into the last fight, Croatian Super heavyweight (91+ kg) Filip Hrgovic kept a cool head and won the night 3-2 for Astana Arlans Kazakhstan by winning every round against Pawel Wierzbicki.
The still undefeated Astana Arlans travel to Azerbaijan Baku Fires in week three, while Rafako Hussars Poland seek their first win of the season at home to Argentina Condors.