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WSB Season VII Week 1 Dragons vs Tigers

It was a night to remember for China’s WSB fans on Saturday as their beloved Dragons took up an early position at the top of Group C with a remarkable victory over last year’s Semi-Finalists Uzbek Tigers. The Dragons had a point to prove against the team that beat them home and away last season, and despite going 2-0 down, the hosts came back to wow the crowd with a memorable 3-2 win. Light Flyweights (49kg) Xin Huang and Mironshokh Ibragimov got the teams’ Season VII campaigns under way, Huang looking for his first WSB win at the third attempt against the Tigers’ debutant. It was the Chinese boxer with the height advantage, but ibragimov’s massive right-hand jabs repeatedly caused Huang problems, and as the Uzbek assumed the advantage, he was happy to rely on his counter-attacking speed to secure the unanimous judges’ verdict.The Dragons’ Long Wang is an experienced WSB campaigner, but his opponent at Bantamweight (56kg) was the ever-impressive Abdulkhay Sharakhmatov, unbeaten in Season VI. The Uzbek southpaw attacked from the opening seconds and looked in control after landing a big left-hand uppercut in the opening exchanges, stretching his lead in rounds two and three to leave only one possible decision for the judges and open up a commanding 2-0 lead for the visitors.The Dragons were back in the match following a walkover for their Rio 2016 Olympian Qianxun Hu with Elnur Abduraimov unable to box, and it was soon 2-2 on the night when the hard-hitting Uzbek Ulugbek Khakberdiev slipped and suffered an unfortunate injury to his right foot in the fourth round of his Middleweight (75kg) contest with Minggang Zhao, forcing the Referee to stop the match. With the crowd sensing what had seemed an unlikely win for the Dragons, the noise in the Sanya stadium rose for the arrival of Heavyweight (91kg) Jin Guo and WSB debutant Boburbek Yuldashev. It was a testing atmosphere for the Uzbek newcomer to find himself in, but the Tigers’ boxer took the bout to his opponent and assumed an early lead before Guo grew to his task midway through the third, forcing Yuldahev onto the back foot. By the final round both boxers had tired and defences were repeatedly breached, but it was Guo’s cleaner blows that edged the split decision, ensuring a 3-2 comeback to the delight of the fans.

06-02-2017 / A.I.B.A. News /