After their impressive Week One win in Buenos Aires, Colombia Heroicos made it two wins from two in their debut WSB Season with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Venezuela Caciques in Cartagena. Friday night’s win leaves them level on points with Cuba Domadores in Group A, with the two sides ready to meet in Week Five in a mouth-watering contest.
A terrific opening round saw Heroicos’ Rio 2016 Quarter-Finalist Ceiber Avila and Venezuelan Franklin Gonzalez locked in a breathless Flyweight (52kg), the two trading heavy blows early on before Gonzalez edged the first round with some big lefts. Avila was able to drive Gonzalez back from there, however, turning the match around and holding off a spirited comeback from the Venezuelan to send the crowd wild as he edged the Judges’ decision.
The lead proved short-lived as the visitors’ Lightweight (60kg) Christiann Palacio quickly found his rhythm against WSB newcomer John Gutierrez, and despite the crowd lifting Gutierrez to a strong fourth and fifth rounds, Palacio held on to earn a points win and tie the score at 1-1. Heroicos’ second debutant of the night, Welterweight (69kg) Alexander Rangel, found more success against Jesus Correa in his first taste of five-round action, deploying a devastating hook to repeatedly stop the fleet-footed Correa in his tracks and give Colombia a 2-1 lead.
Heroicos’ 2015 Pan-American Games bronze medallist Juan Carlos Carrillo then registered his second WSB victory to date in emphatic fashion against Nalek Korbaj at Light Heavyweight (81kg). Carillo used his height advantage effectively, landing clean punches and some fierce uppercuts to assume control as Korbaj tried in vain to counter his way into the bout.
That left the result beyond doubt, but the hosts weren’t finished as Cristian Salcedo face off against experienced Venezuelan Edgar Muñoz at Super Heavyweight (+91kg), the Caciques’ veteran looking to secure a bonus point for his team. Salcedo looked rock-solid as he launched waves of attacks in the opening rounds, and Muñoz couldn’t find a way through his opponent’s long punches, leaving the Heroicos’ new star with a unanimous win and the team’s first home win in World Series of Boxing.