BoxNation continues to deliver, and on Saturday and Sunday the World Series of Boxing final is coming to the Channel of Champions!

The WSB is mightily tough and a wildly exciting competition, and the two legged final between Astana Arlans Kazakhstan and Cuba Domadorespromises to be an epic match.

WSB CEO Mr Karim Bouzidi promised: "Cuba Domadores v Astana Arlans Kazakhstan will be one of the best boxing matches our fans have ever seen."

Both nations have produced some of the greatest amateurs ever, but are also becoming dominant as professionals as BoxNation viewers have seen in recent times.

Here's six fighters from the fight mad Caribbean island and Kazakhstan who have also been crack pros.

 

KAZAKHSTAN

GENNADY GOLOVKIN

Unbeaten in 33 fights, with 30 of his wins coming by KO, Golovkin appears to have a lot of the middleweight division running scared.
BoxNation first screened him in December 2011 when he spanked Lajuan Simon in a WBA middleweight title defence.

He has got better with each fight, with his victims including tough Brits Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray. In May BoxNation viewers watched him walk through Willie Monroe Jr in six rounds.
The Super WBA and interim WBC champion is desperate for a marquee fight and he has even offered to shift weight and face Floyd Mayweather.

Realistically his biggest superfight hope is facing the winner of a proposed clash between Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez and Miguel Cotto.
As an amateur he won the 2003 world championships and the following year an Olympic silver medal.

 

 

BEIBUT SHUMENOV

Las Vegas based Shumenov didn't have the glittering amateur career so many of his countryman have, and at the 2004 Olympics was defeated in his second contest.

As a professional he is still rebuilding after losing his WBA super world light-heavyweight title to Bernard Hopkins in a unification contest 15 months ago.

Shumenov became WBA 175lb champion in his ninth fight avenging a controversial loss against Gabriel Campillo in that rematch and made five defences until running into Hopkins.

He moved up to cruiserweight after the Hopkins defeat and is closing in on another title tilt.

 

VASSILIY JIROV

Jirov was a crack amateur and moved to Arizona after winning a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where he also won the Val Barker Trophy awarded to the best boxer at the competition.

He turned professional in January 1997 and inside two-and-a-half years captured the IBF world cruiserweight title when he hammered Arthur Williams inside seven rounds.

Steel-eyed Jirov looked unstoppable in four defences, accepted as the division's very best and was 31-0 when he faced James Toney in April 2003.

The American showed up in scintillating form and widely outpointed the Kazakh born champion, even flooring him in the final round.

Southpaw Jirov moved up to heavyweight, but never recovered from that defeat and suffered further losses against Michael Moorer and Joe Mesi.

He retired in October 2009 with a 38-3-1 record.

 

 

CUBA

KID GAVILAN

He won 108 of his 143 fights and was a world welterweight champion. Gavilan had his best years after leaving Havana in 1947 and settling in New York.

While there were losses, he defeated some of the best ever, including Carmen Basilio, Billy Graham, Beau Jack and Ike Williams.

It's no surprise he's rated as one of the top five welterweights of all time.

In the 1960s he was inducted into the original Hall of Fame and then at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota.

Another accolade came in 1953 when he was voted Fighter of the Year by American boxing writers'.

 

JOSE NAPOLES

He fled Fidel Castro's regime in 1962 and settled in Mexico City.

Napoles twice held the world welterweight title and made 13 successful defences. He was nicknamed "Mantequilla" (Butter) because of his smooth style. His career ended in 1975 when he lost in six rounds to Londoner John H Stracey.

He retired with an impressive 81-7 record and many were surprised that he resisted the temptation to box again after the shock defeat against Stracey.

 

GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX

'Rigo' is the best of the current crop of Cuba's mushrooming explosion of leading professionals, but few super-bantamweights seem interested in mixing it with the WBO and WBA super champion.

He is an outrageous talent and although some fans don't appreciate his style, Rigondeaux is beautiful to watch.

Good men like Nonito Donaire, Rico Ramos and Joseph Agbeko haven't even come close to making a dent into his record which is 15-0.

Right now nobody in the 122lb division comes close, although he did have one or two rocky moments during his win over Hisashi Amagasa last New Year's Eve.

Rigondeaux is one of the finest amateur boxers ever and won double gold at world and Olympic championships.