Boxing: Astana Arlans unveils squad for WSB Season IV 12 ноября 2013, 16:52
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The chief coach of Astana Arlans Sergiy Korchynsky©Vesti.kz
22 amateur boxers from Kazakhstan have joined the squad of the Astana Arlans the current champion of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Astana Arlans, Vesti.kz reports. Now the team’s squad that will present Kazakhstan in the new season of the tournament consists of 35 boxers, including some of the boxers who participated in the Season III. Director General of the Astana Arlans Bolat Makenov presented the newcomers on November 6. Kazakhstan boxers Anvar Muzaparov, Mardan Berikbayev and Azat Kamzin will fight for the Astana Arlans in the -49 kg category of the Season IV. The -52kg weight division will be defended by Miras Zhakulov, Olzhas Sattibayev, Aidyn Yelzhanov and Azat Makhmetov. And the -56kg weight class is going to be represented by Bagdad Alimbekov, Meirbolat Toitov, Madi Sholakov, Didar Utelbayev and Nurbol Kalzhanov. Amatuer boxers Samat Bashanov, Roman Shchegrinov, Zhandos Momunov and Nikolai Shvab will fight in the -60kg weight category. And Askhat Ualikhanov, Zhanibek Azhibai and Ruslan Madiyev will compete in the -64kg weight class. The -69kg weight division is going to be represented by Bakhytzhan Kozhabekov, Meirim Nursultanov, Madiyar Ashkeyev and Suleiman Berdukayev in the Season IV. The -75kg category is going to be defended by Ukrainian boxer Sergei Derevyanchenko and Yerik Alzhanov of Kazakhstan. Hrvoje Sep from Croatia, Iranian boxer Ehsan Rouzbahani and Kazakhstan's Arman Rysbek will defend the Arlans title in the -81kg weight class. Vasily Levit, Arbek Abduganiyev and Khamzat Geliskhanov will fight in the -91kg weight category. And Ruslan Myrsatayev, Filip Hrgovic of Croatia and Armenian boxer Armen Simonian will present the +91kg weight division of the Season IV. According to the chief coach Sergiy Korchynsky, his team will try to become a WSB record-breaker and win the tournament for the second time in a row – none of the teams have won the championship twice in row. The coach underlined the title defense would be a very hard task. “We really want to face the Ukrainian Otamans in the finals again. But first we must reach the finals, let’s not to sell the skin of a bear that we haven't caught yet. We will do our best to make it into the finals in Kiev,” Korchynsky said commenting the fact that the final of the Season IV will be held in Kiev. A famous former boxer and Olympic prize holder Bolat Zhumadilov and a boxing expert Nurlan Akurlenko also joined the coaching staff of the Astana Arlans. The Astana Arlans are the current WSB Champions. There will be 10 weight categories in the Season IV. The title defense of the team coached by Sergiy Korchynsky will kick off on November 15: the Astana Arlans are going to host the Azerbaijan’s Baku Fires.