PHOTO: Astana Arlans planning to win WSB finals in China 06 мая 2011, 13:31
Kanat Abutalipov during training. ©Dinara Serikpayeva
Kazakhstan boxing club The Astana Arlans is planning to win the finals of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) in China on May 6 and 7, Tengrinews.kz reports.
Kazakhstan's The Astana Arlans will fight against Paris United in the WSB final.
The chief coach of The Astana Arlans Beibut Yeszhanov gave his forecasts to Tengrinews.kz: “There are no boxing stars in Paris United, but the team is quite balanced. They have strong African legionnaires. However, I think we will win. Our team gained good experience in the matches without headgear in the last season. There were a lot of injuries. But the players stood fast and got used to new rules,” Yeszhanov said.
WSB final will include two sets of matches. The first five boxers will fight on the first day, the other five on the next day. Three legionnaires will fight for The Astana Arlans: Sardor Abdullayev, Ramzhon Akhmedov (both from Uzbekistan) and Ishtvan Bernat (Hungary).
Asked about favorites of the Kazakh team, Yeszhanov said: “I don't want to distinguish any leaders. We are sending ten boxers, each of them is good.”
Speaking about The Astana Arlans boxers preparations for the coming matches Merei Akshalov, Beijing Olympics 2008 winner said: “We were training for several hours twice a day. We watched videos of Paris United fights and learned their tactics.”
The Astana Arlans left for China on May 3.