Cuba Domadores once again showed why they are many people’s favourites for the WSB Season VII title with a near-perfect performance against Argentina Condors in Havana on Friday night. The visitors’ side included three WSB debutants, and up against some of the best boxers in the world, the Condors left Cuba with crucial experience if not precious Group A points as they still seek their first win of the new campaign.
Domadores’ Flyweight (52kg) Yosbany Veitia began the night against the first of the newcomers, Ramon Quiroga who, to his great credit, stood firm in the face of countless attacks. Despite some fast footwork from the Argentine, Veitia rarely came off the front foot and powered through to a unanimous points win against a brave opponent who just couldn’t land enough scoring punches.
Cuba’s latest Lightweight (60kg) sensation Armando Martinez then went into only his second WSB match against Condors’ Joel Mafauad, and again the Argentine was left having to defend some devastating combinations rather than being able to find his own attacking rhythm. When Mafauad did come forward, Martinez’s defence was up to the task, helping him ease to an assured points win.
The Domadores’ World and Olympic Champion Roniel Iglesias was just as ruthless as he despatched the challenge of Federico Schinina at Welterweight (69kg), Schinina receiving a lesson in WSB style in his first taste of the five-round format as Cuba took an unassailable 3-0 lead. The hosts’ second Olympic Champion in action on Friday, Julio Cesar La Cruz, was also in commanding form against Juan Rizo at Light Heavyweight (81kg), the Referee counting the Argentine in the opening round as the two got locked into an entertaining contest that Rizo refused to give up right to the final bell.
Cuba’s Jose Angel Larduet then returned to the side to face fellow Super Heavyweight (+91kg) Kevin Nicolas Espindola. The Argentine tried to attack straight away but left himself exposed, Larduet seizing the opportunity to exploit the gaps and forcing the referee to stop the contest before the tie was a round old and delivering the Domadores their second whitewash of Season VII.