WSB 2013-14 WEEK 9 Group B: Poland 3-2 Mexico – Hussars rock the Guerreros22 February 2014
In a slick evening of boxing, the Hussars Poland delighted home fans with an outstanding performance against the Mexico Guerreros. The Battling Poles had been incredibly resilient all season in the toughest group the WSB has ever seen and whilst they had accrued points, and won bouts, they had yet to win a match.
Tonight’s victory, whilst a difficult blow for the proud Mexicans was nonetheless a delight for neutrals who have been following the league closely. Most felt that the Hussars tenacity and sheer never say die spirit that has brought them close to causing an upset so many times this season, must surely end in a positive result for the team…And finally it has.
The Light Flyweights (46-49kg), Bantamweights (56kg), Light Welterweights (64kg), Middleweights (75kg) and Heavyweights (91kg) were disputing this excellent event.
Bout of the match
Juan Romero found himself involved in an awesome fight againstDamian Kiwior. Both boxers stood very upright and worked from tight guards. The Pole wasn’t at all intimidated by his vastly more experienced opponent, and both athletes battered away at each other from the very beginning. With the crowd chanting the Pole’s name, the Hussars athlete began to really chase the win. It was a stunning upset of the kind of magnitude rarely seen in sports and more commonly associated with earthquakes. Romero had come into this bout 10-5 across all four WSB seasons, while the Pole was 0-3. Just looking at the tale of the tape between the two boxers you would never have expected the 20 year old Pole to tear up the canvas with his heavy shots and block-rocking punching in the way that he did. Indeed his percussive punching was so consistent that it should have earned him an audition as the drummer in the band that entertained the crowd in between bouts. It was exciting stuff and it will be well worth visiting www.AIBAboxingTV.com to watch the video.
Boxer of the match
Sylwester Kozlowski deserves to take the category this week for clocking up his first ever WSB win and taking his record to 1-5. The Bantamweight looked as resolute as a heavy metal against the young Brian Gonzales Morales of the Mexico Guerreros. He has battled stoically all season in the Group of Death, never once flinching, never once backing down and never once giving up. This victory has been a long time coming: since Week 1 of last season in fact. Thus for sheer tenacity and his never say die attitude, Kozlowski is our official Boxer of the match. Good work.
The turning point
With the score standing at 2-1 and the Hussars on the precipice of taking their first ever win, they could not have had a more perfect boxer to enter the ring than Tomasz Jablonski, to seal the deal at Middleweight. His opponent Enry Saavedra Pinto of the Mexico Guerreros found himself in a real war with a highly motivated and driven Hussars captain. The hard hitting Pole, with his skilful bobbing and weaving, was able to land hard body shots and hooks almost at will. Pinto hung on well though and proved himself to be a typically brave Guerrero. As our commentator Will Vanders said at one point “how Pinto didn’t wake up kissing the canvas? We will never know!” The Pole got better as the bout went on and it was he who took the win, bringing him to a positive record (4-3) for the first time since Week 8 of Season III.
Fact/Stat of the match
By a curious coincidence, with the colouring code used to denote wins (red) and losses (white) on the WSB website, Jablonski’s record this season now looks fairly similar to the Polish flag.
Quote of the match
Our WSB commentator for this match was Will Vanders, and putting the pun back into punditry, he came up with this offering tonight:
“From here on out, Damian Kiwior shall be called the Kevlar Kid. He has a chin like mount Rushmore”.
Joselito Velazquez managed to squeeze out another WSB win against Dawid Jagodzinski of the Hussars Poland, which takes him to 2-2 in the WSB.
In the last bout of the evening, Tomasz Kowalski fought for the second time in the WSB against Christian Demaj of Albania who was turning out for the sixth time for the Guerreros. Neither boxer had yet managed to get a WSB win in their careers, and thus the bout was very important for both men. The Southpaw Albanian managed to edge it though in what was another huge personal triumph this evening.
Coming up next
The Guerreros will have a last chance to impress the home crowd with their match against Russia, whilst the Hussars Poland will have a fittingly difficult end to a tough season for them, away in Almaty to the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan.
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