POSTED: Monday November 29th 2010
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PARIS UNITED AND LOS ANGELES MATADORS TAKE CLEAN SWEEPS ON SECOND WEEKEND
Paris United top European conference standings after 5-0 victory on second weekend of World Series of Boxing.
Lausanne, Switzerland, November 29th, 2010 - Paris United are sitting pretty at the top of the European conference standings after notching up a 5-0 victory on the second weekend of World Series of Boxing action. Brahim Asloum’s boys put on a spectacular show in front of the home crowd at the Halle Georges Carpentier on Friday evening, shutting out the Moscow team in their first home match. The Los Angeles Matadors closed out the second weekend's action with a clean sweep against the Mexico City Guerreros at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday evening.
In the opening bantamweight bout in Paris, Nordine Oubaali got the evening started with a technical knock-out over Uzbekistan’s Alisher Mahmudov. The 2009 Mediterranean Games gold medalist closed the fight in the third round, setting his team up for four consecutive wins on points to take three points for the team, placing them top of the table in Europe.
The encounter between the Istanbulls and Milano Thunder at the Ahmet Comert Spor Salonu in Istanbul on Friday was one of only two matches this weekend in which all five bouts went the distance. Turkey’s 19-year-old Mehmet Topcakan opened with a win over Vitaliy Volkov at bantamweight. Vazgen Safaryants replied with a win on points for Milan against Shafiq Chitou at lightweight. Team captain Onur Sipal then beat the only Italian in action for Milan on Friday, Luca Podda, at middleweight before Bosko Draskovic drew the scores level for Milan. In the evening’s climax, Mohammed Arjaoui sealed the victory for the home team with a win on points over Damir Beljo.
Two matches in the Asian conference followed on Saturday evening, with the Baku Fires outclassing the Astana Arlans in a much anticipated match. Yerzhan Mussafirov was the only boxer to beat his opponent in the home ring at lightweight. Baku Fires followed a technical knock-out through injury at bantamweight with the same result in the middleweight before two boxers who won by walkover last week, Denys Poyatsyka and Magomedrasul Medzhidov, scored their first wins for the team in the light heavyweight and heavyweight bouts respectively.
At the first home match at the Venetian Hotel in Macau, the Beijing Dragons made a strong start with wins on points for Zhiwei He and Zhimin Wang at bantamweight and lightweight against the Incheon Red Wings. The home team’s only international boxer in action on Saturday, Pedro Lima from Brazil, then won by walkover against Andranik Hakobyan, who had failed the medical after flying directly from Armenia, before the Red Wings made a late rally with technical knock-outs for the two Algerians, Abdelhafid Benchabla and Chouaib Bouloudinats, competing in the final two bouts.
The Baku Fires stay top of the Asian standings with six points, having lost only one of their ten bouts after two weeks of competition. The Astana Arlans are in second with three points and a lead over the Beijing Dragons, who have the same points total but only half the wins of Astana. The Incheon Red Wings are bottom, having won only two bouts so far.
In the Americas conference, Memphis Force opened the weekend's action with a convincing 4-1 home win over the Miami Gallos at the Desoto Civic Center. The visitors' Donovan Dennis was the only boxer to notch up a win for the Gallos in the evening's finale, the heavyweight contest. On Sunday evening, the Los Angeles Matadors closed out the second weekend's action with a clean sweep over the Mexico City Guerreros, including technical knock-outs for Brazil's Everton Lopes at lightweight and Javier Torres at heavyweight, who stopped fellow Californian Alex Rivera of the Guerreros in the fourth round. All the teams in the Americas conference have a 1-1 record after two weeks, but the clean sweep puts the Los Angeles Matadors at the top of the Americas Conference, one point ahead of their three rivals.
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