The USA Knockouts team has announced the names of the boxers who will compete for the United States in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Season V.
The USA Knockouts team will consist of light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas), flyweight Brent Venegas III (Sacramento, Calif.), bantamweight Fernando Martinez (Dallas, Texas), lightweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.), light welterweight Tyrek Irby (Oxon Hill, Md.), welterweight Brian Ceballo (Brooklyn, N.Y.), middleweight Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.), light heavyweight Steven Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.), and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas).
The USA Knockouts’ first bout will take place at the Stadium of Argentina Boxing Federation on Saturday, January 17 against the Argentina Condors.
WSB is the only global team boxing competition where national teams go head to head in a league format. Developed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), this unique competition brings together the best Olympic and national boxers in an exciting team format with worldwide appeal. Season V sees 16 teams compete in two groups of eight with the top three teams qualifying for the playoffs.
The boxers compete without vests or headgear in five, three-minute rounds. There are five bouts per match and a 10-Point must system is used to score the bouts.
Season V sees the introduction of three new franchises – Morocco, Venezuela and Puerto Rico – as well as the return of two boxing powerhouses, China and Great Britain. Cuba, the reigning champions are joined with Russia, Mexico and Great Britain in Group A. Group B sees former champions Italy and Kazakhstan pitted against the United States, Argentina and Azerbaijan.
As WSB boxers retain their Olympic eligibility, the road to Rio 2016 Olympic Games also begins in earnest with a quota of 17 places up for grabs through the competition, marking the first time so many boxers can qualify via WSB. Weight classes from 112 lbs (51 kg) to 178 lbs (81 kg) will be granted two quotas each, while 108 lbs (49kg), 201 lbs (91kg), and 201+ lbs (+91kg) will each be granted one quota.