#WSBV Russian Boxing Team host Italia Thunder in the second WSB quarter-final09 May 2015
Russia has home advantage for both legs as they finished second in Group A of the Regular Season, while Italy placed third in Group B.
A phenomenal home record from Russia enabled them to win six matches in front of their own fans, all by a 5-0 scoreline.
After a quiet start to Season V, Italy found their form midway through the campaign, and the Season II Champions ended the group stages by becoming the first team to defeat Astana Arlans Kazakhstan this season, and they will face Khazakstan again in the semi-finals if they defeat Russia at this stage.
Ray Just Arena, Moscow is the venue for this quarter-final clash, where on Sunday 10th May and Monday 11th May fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 17:00 (GMT +3) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
Leg One, Sunday 10th May
The speedy Light flyweights (49 kg) begin this quarter-final as Russia’s Vadim Kudriakov meets Italy’s Gianluca Conselmo.
Both of these boxers are making their first appearance of the season, and in such a high stakes match, who will be able to avoid the pressure and claim a priceless opening win for their team?
Kudriakov defeated Conselmo in this competition back in December 2013, which will give him extra confidence heading into the rematch.
Two more debutants compete at Bantamweight (56 kg), where Russia’s Andranik Grigoryan competes against Riccardo D’Andrea.
Russian Light welterweight (64 kg) Vitaliy Dunaytsev dominated all four of his matches at home during the group stages, and he looks for another decisive performance in Moscow when he battles the rugged Belarusian Maksim Vislaukh, who is fresh off an appearance in the Great Silk Way Tournament.
Despite not making his first appearance of Season V until the fifth week of action, Petr Khamukov quickly made his mark in the competition with four successive stoppage wins, and the powerful Russian eventually finished top of the Middleweight (75 kg) rankings with a 6-0 record.
Mixing power and beautiful fundamentals, Khamukov has been unbeatable so far in this campaign, but Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro is a tough opponent.
Cavallaro won both of his home matches in the Regular Season, and though he lost all three of his away bouts, he is a very difficult boxer to face as he has a great defence and ample resilience.
This could be the best fight of the night as power meets poise in the middle of the ring.
The action in the first leg finishes at Heavyweight (91 kg) where 2013 AIBA World Championships silver medalist Evgeny Tishchenko meets 2-1 Fabio Turchi.
Tishchenko is 4-1 this season, and specialises in making powerful boxers look ordinary, and as Turchi was stopped by Abdulkadir Abdullayev in the first week of the competition, he could be in for another difficult night against the decorated Russian Heavyweight.