USA Knockouts defeat Argentina in Buenos Aires
THE 2015 World Series of Boxing season got off to a roaring start for the USA Knockouts on Saturday, January 17 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The United States squad won four of the five bouts with two of the victories coming by way of knockout at the Stadium of Argentina Boxing Federation. Bantamweight Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas), light welterweight Tyrek Irby (Oxon Hill, Md.), middleweight Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.), and heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) all recorded victories in Saturday’s season opener.
Martinez kicked off the U.S. winning streak in his bantamweight bout with Elias Nahuel Gonzalez. The American boxer showed no sign of nerves in his WSB opener, stepping straight to Gonzalez. Martinez focused heavily on body shots and the judges rewarded him with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory.
Irby was the next USA Knockout to take the ring in Argentina and he set the tone early in his bout with the Condors’ Lucas Gimenez. He took control in the second round, landing a four-punch combination to send his opponent to the canvas. The referee stopped the bout at the :20 mark in the second round, giving Irby a TKO win in his World Series of Boxing debut.
Campbell had a tough act to follow but he didn’t disappoint in his middleweight contest with Argentina’s Kevin Caceres. He wasted no time in his return to World Series of Boxing competition, dropping Caceres with 20 seconds remaining in the first round. The Condor boxer couldn’t continue and Campbell won a first round knockout to open the 2015 season.
Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas) put on a strong performance in his first World Series of Boxing, but dropped his light flyweight bout with Junior Zarate by a 3-0 score.
Heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) received a walkover victory in Saturday’s team match competition.
The other half of the USA Knockouts will compete in the second bout of the season on Saturday, January 24 in a contest with the Italia Thunder at the Miccouskee Sports & Entertainment Dome in Miami, Fla. Flyweight Brent Venegas III (Sacramento, Calif.), lightweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.), welterweight Brian Ceballo (Brooklyn, N.Y.), light heavyweight Steven Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) will all open competition next week in south Florida.
The 2015 season of World Series of Boxing marks the beginning of international qualifying for the Olympic Games with 17 spots up for grabs, the most ever in WSB competition. Two Olympic berths will be granted in the flyweight (112 lbs) – light heavyweight (178 lbs) divisions and one boxer in the light flyweight, heavyweight and super-heavyweight classes will qualify for Rio de Janeiro.
Cuba Domadores begin a perfect defence of their WSB title against Morocco Atlas Lions
Defending World Series of Boxing (WSB) Champions Cuba Domadores opened up their Season V campaign with a resounding victory over debutants Morocco Atlas Lions.
Havana was the location for a convincing 5-0 victory for Cuba, but Morocco will take confidence from many of the fights, as their talented fighters never gave up.
Cuba’s 2013 AIBA Junior World Champion Joahnys Oscar Argilagos Perez opened the evening off with a bang at Light flyweight (49) kg winning comfortably on points against Moroccan National Champion Zouhair El Bekkali.
Olympic champion Robeisy Ramirez is one of the smoothest boxers in WSB, and the Cuban cantered to an easy Bantamweight (56 kg) victory over Mohamed VI Trophy winner Mohamed Hamout.
Two-time AIBA World Championships silver medalist and Olympic bronze medalist Yasniel Toledo took his overall WSB record to 6-2 after defeating Morocco’s Hamza El Barbari for the second time in months at Light welterweight (64 kg), while Arlen Lopez is a boxer to watch this season in the Middleweight (75 kg), with the dominant Domadores star stopping Olympic Badreddine Haddioui in the third round.
WSB boxer of Season IV Erislandy Savon sealed the whitewash 5-0 victory for Cuba, taking his WSB record to 9-0 at Heavyweight (91 kg) when he stopped Amine Azzouzi in just 51 seconds.
Awesome Astana Arlans Kazakhstan dominate Caciques Venezuela in opening WSB contest
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan are one of the favourites to top Group B, and they began Season V of World Series of Boxing (WSB) with a resounding 5-0 win over debutants Caciques Venezuela.
The Light flyweights (49 kg) opened the action at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace in Almaty, with home favourite Mardan Berikbayev winning a unanimous points decision over Venezuela’s rookie Yoel Finol, who pushed the Kazak star all the way.
WSB veteran Bantamweight (56 kg) Meirbolat Toitov then won a wide points decision over Venezuela’s José Vicente Azocar, before Samat Bashenov eventually won a close points win against Venezuela’s Luis Arcón.
The dominance continued at Middleweight (75 kg) as Kazakhstan’s exciting Meiirim Nursultanov stopped Juan Rodríguez in the fourth round, a surprise result considering the past WSB experience of Rodríguez.
Another stoppage occurred in the last fight at Heavyweight (91kg) with Vasiliy Levit continuing his menacing form from Season IV as he stopped Alfonso Flores at the end of round three.
Azerbaijan Baku Fires enjoy wide opening victory against Italia Thunder
A battle of two World Series of Boxing (WSB) superpowers opened up Season V in Group B, and Azerbaijan Baku Fires enjoyed an impressive 4-1 home victory over the always dangerous Italia Thunder.
The fans at the Guba Olympic Complex were treated to five fights of supreme quality, which fully displayed the international flavour and talent that the competition enjoys.
Italy enjoyed their sole victory in the first fight, with dynamic Light flyweight (49 kg) Paddy Barnes showcasing all of the characteristics which have earned him two Olympic medals as he won a wide points victory over Azerbaijan’s Magomed Ibiyev.
Michael Conlan, an Irish teammate of Barnes who also competes for Italia Thunder could not keep the winning run going at Bantamweight (56 kg) he he lost a close points decision to Magomed Gurbanov who maintained his winning WSB run.
Gaybatulla Gadzhialiyev has been one of the standout Light welterweights (64 kg) across WSB history, and he showed why he is a legend of the competition as he dropped just one round according to one judge against Italy’s Olympic and AIBA World Championships bronze medalist Vincenzo Mangiacapre.
A close contest at Middleweight (75 kg) followed, and Belarus Middleweight (75 kg) Mikalai Vesialou won the contest for Astana Arlans with a tight split decision win over Italy’s Salvatore Cavallaro who will take confidence from his performance in the fight.
Powerful Heavyweight (91 kg) Abdulkadir Abdullayev continued his excellent form against Italian boxers in the last fight in Guba, as he knocked out Fabio Turchi towards the end of the third round.
A night of stoppages in Puerto Rico as The Hurricanes win over Rafako Hussars Poland
It was a dream World Series of Boxing (WSB) debut for Puerto Rico Hurricanes, as they stormed to a 3-2 win over WSB veterans Rafako Hussars Poland.
Coliseíto Pedrín Zorrilla in San Juan saw five superb fights of much quality, with Puerto Rico winning the first three contests, before Poland hit back with a brace of victories.
Light flyweight (49 kg) and Olympian Anthony Ortiz began the night off in style for the Hurricanes as he comfortably dispatched Poland’s Dawid Jagodzinsk on points.
At Bantamweight (56 kg), Puerto Rico’s Garibaldy Gomez superbly stopped Poland’s Marek Pietruczuk in round one of their contest, a result which has sent shockwaves throughout the entire Bantamweight division.
Not much was known of Jan Rivera prior to his Light welterweight (64 kg) fight, but the Puerto Rican reacted superbly well to losing the first round against Damian Kiwior by taking all but one of the remaining rounds to seal the victory for Puerto Rico.
In WSB however, all bouts count towards the group tables, and Poland’s Igor Jakubowski relied on all of his three prior seasons of WSB experience to knock out Middleweight Jean Alicea in the third round.
Heavyweight (91 kg) Igor Jakubowski claimed Poland’s second victory of the evening in the last fight, as he stopped home star in round one.