Boxers show their mettle in World Series
By Konstantin Denisov
The tournament, organised by the International Boxing Federation last year, allows clubs from various countries to compete in groups, using a combination of amateur and professional boxing rules. It has won immediate favour with fans of the sport.
A year ago, only two Belarusians took part at the event — as part of the American, European and Asian teams: European Championship award holder Magomed Nurudinov and Vazgen Safaryants. This season, after the World Championship, seven Belarusian boxers received invitations to join overseas clubs and, obviously, no team regrets its choice. Our Belarusian boxers have won many points for their squads.
The recent World Boxing Series stage brought wins to four Belarusian boxers. Boxing for Dynamo Moscow, Vazgen Safaryants (undefeated in the Series so far) beat Suphamongkhon Phongphira, of Thailand’s Bangkok Elephants (3:0) — winning one of the five points for his team. Belarusian Magomed Nurudinov, boxing for Azerbaijan’s Baku Fires, defeated Dongxu Shang, of the Chinese Beijing Dragons, 3:0.
Meanwhile, recent World Championship bronze medallist Sergey Korneev, of Belarus, claimed a second win (3:0) in the World Boxing Series, performing for the Los Angeles Matadors. Only in the first round did his rival, Ramzhon Ahmedov, pose a threat.
One of the most titled Belarusian boxers, Victor Zuev, also captured a confident win. In all three rounds against Croatian Filip Hrgovic, boxing for France’s Paris United, he showed his clear supremacy. His victory takes him to second place in the ratings. Leading the heavyweight category is Italian Clemente Russo, boxing for Italy’s Dolce and Gabbana Milano Thunder club. He beat the Belarusian by just four points.