CUBA has taken its first step into professional style boxing in 50 years, with their World Series of Boxing franchise, the Cuban Domadores completing the first leg of an exhibition match against the Mexican Guerreros in Mexico City last night.
Light-flyweight Yosbany Veitia got them off to a good start when he beat Joselito Velazquez over five rounds, under the WSB’s 10 points must scoring system.
But middleweight Conrad Cummings, the Irishman on the Mexican franchise, scored an impressive win over Carlos Banteur. Mexico picked up another win at 52kgs courtesy of Elias Emigdio.
Cuban World champion Lazaro Alvarez beat Brian Gonzalez at 56kgs and their light-welterweight Yasniel Toledo, a World and Olympic medalist, chalked another victory over Juan Romero at 64kgs.
Cuba go into tonight’s second leg 3-2 ahead.
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