WSB Season V Group B Preview: Former winners and future hopefuls challenge for success22 July 2014
The draw for the fifth season of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) was recently revealed, putting together many of the greatest Franchises at the very first stage of the season.
We have already made a brief overview of the Group A last week, and today we will turn our eyes to the impressive Group B of the WSB Season V.
The draw has allocated places in the Group for the current WSB runners-up Azerbaijan Baku Fires, Season III winners Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, Season II winners Italia Thunder, exciting USA Knockouts, rugged Hussars Poland, durable Argentina Condors, plus a new Franchise from Venezuela, and another Franchise to be announced in the near future.
With three teams from European Continent, a North American squad, plus two South American and one Asian Franchises announced so far, the global aspect of WSB is represented fully in Group B.
South America has been home to many of the greatest boxers of all time, and Argentina Condors, fresh off their second season of WSB action, are looking to establish themselves as the dominant Franchise from their continent in Season V.
To accomplish that goal, they will have to perform better than the new Franchise from Venezuela, who according to many boxing insiders is amassing an impressive squad for the upcoming season.
The two South American boxing giants will meet each other in week five, and week 12 of the season, and both will be hoping they will be in position to progress into the knock-out stages of the competition come the end of the group stage.
One franchise who will be confident of getting out of the group will be Azerbaijan Baku Fires, who lost the engrossing WSB Season IV Final against the sublime Cuba Domadores, by the narrowest of margins.
The Baku Fires will be looking to go one further in Season V, and they have the knowledge and awareness of how to successfully negotiate their way through the group stages in order to reach the latter stages of the tournament.
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan was eliminated by Azerbaijan in Season IV, but the two Franchises struck up a kinship after their hard fought semi-finals contest.
Many WSB teams would be delighted with a semi-final finish, but as the Season III champions, Kazakhstan will be looking to go all the way again this time around.
In order to fulfill their hopes, they will have to beat the big teams, and their matches with Azerbaijan in week three and week 10 will be keenly awaited by WSB fans.
Italia Thunder has been one of the most successful Franchises in WSB history, and the flamboyant team have one of the finest squads in the entire competition.
After winning Season II, the Italians have failed to reach the semi-finals stage in the last two seasons, and they have a difficult start to life in Group B.
Their season starts with two tough away matches, firstly against Azerbaijan, and then they face USA Knockouts in week two.
The Knockouts reached the quarter-final stage last season, before running into the dominant Cuba Domadores, and the American side will at least want to replicate their accomplishments in Season V.
Completing the group at this moment will be Hussars Poland, who will be looking to forget their disappointing season last year, and concentrate on improving their talented squad even further.
The Polish team have great durability and courage, and they will seek to turn their resilience and willing into results and wins, starting with their first week match away against the as yet unannounced eighth team of Group B.