#WSBV Day 12 – Can Morocco Atlas Lions make it three wins in a row against China Dragons?

09 April 2015 News




Morocco Atlas Lions host China Dragons in week 12 of the World Series of Boxing (WSB), and though neither team are likely to reach the knockout stages of the competition, there are boxers competing who are capable of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games through WSB.

The Moroccan team will be full of confidence after winning their last two matches, while China Dragons defeated Morocco in week five of the competition.

Hyatt Regency, Casablanca is the venue for this Group A clash, where on Friday 10th April fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 22:00 (GMT +1) at AIBABoxingTV.com.

All eyes will be on Morocco’s Mohammed Rabii in Casablanca, as the undefeated 5-0 star is second in the Welterweight (69 kg) rankings, and on the cusp of qualifying for Rio 2016.

The African boxer is one point behind top placed Radzhab Butaev, but five points ahead of Ireland’s third ranked Steven Donnelly in the Welterweight rankings, which means a home win here will make him a huge favourite to reach Rio.

His penultimate match of the Regular Season comes against China’s 1-2 Liu Wei who beat Britain’s Haizel Ekow Tabiri-Essuman in his last match.

Rabii has been one of the best boxers in Season V of WSB however, and has already beaten the likes of Marvin Cabrera and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo in the competition.

Moroccan Flyweight (52 kg) Achraf Kharroubi is ranked fifth in his weight class, but is only two points behind the second placed Jeyvier Cintrón Ocasio.

With two Olympic quotas available for Flyweights, the 3-2 Kharroubi can stay in the qualification mix if he defeats China’s 1-1 Chang Yong at home.

0-1 Lightweight (60 kg) Hamza Rabii then meets 0-2 Dragon Wang Lei, while Dutch Light heavyweight (81 kg) Peter Mullenberg looks for his second successive WSB win against China’s Aolin Zhang.

The night closes with a Super heavyweight (91+ kg) battle between 1-2 home star Abouhamada Abdeljalil and 19-year-old Chinese debutant Haipeng Mu.

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