Lausanne, Switzerland, February 1, 2014 – The USA Knockouts are going from strength to strength in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) this season. Last week they became the first team to take a point from the Season III runners-up, the Ukraine Otamans, after previously snatching points from the awesome Italia Thunder team. Now they have taken their first away win of the year in Argentina, and suddenly their season has started to look very solid.
Clearly a side on the up, and with an improving quality and depth to their ranks, the USA Knockouts may well be serious contenders next year if they are clever in the off-season. Moreover, they may yet slide into the Playoffs this year if their form continues in the same vein.
We had the Flyweights (52kg), Lightweights (60kg), Welterweights (69kg), Light Heavyweights (81kg) and Super Heavyweights (91+kg) contesting this Group A event in Mar del Plata.
Bout of the match
With the score 3-1 in favour of the USA when Super Heavyweights Leonardo Taborda and Sweden’s Mohamed Sallah entered the ring, there was pressure on both men to secure their team’s points. The Argentinian Taborda, who was making his debut, looked good at times and caused his bigger opponent some difficult moments throughout the five rounds. But the Knockouts’ new find Sallah added a second victory to his WSB CV, taking him to 2-0 after winning the first three rounds 10:9. It should be noted that in fairness to Taborda, he won the last two rounds by the same margin in a bid to battle back. It was an extremely close fight. Sallah raising his opponent’s hand at the end was a moment of classy sportsmanship that was appreciated by the crowd.
Boxer of the match
Flyweight Christian Roda got the evening off to a good start for the Condors when he took on Shawn Simpson of the USA, who came into the bout with a 1-1 record. This was however the American’s first outing of Season IV and he may have suffered from a little ring rust. Although it was a good, clean and tough performance from both fighters, across the five rounds it was Roda who outworked the American, much to the home crowds delight. It was also a huge win for Roda on a personal level as he had entered the bout with a terrible 0-4 record across two seasons. Having finally nailed a well worked, first ever WSB win, it will be interesting to watch how the 21 year old develops from here. Time is still on his side.
Fact/Stat of the match
There was an unfortunate end to the second match of the evening between Brian Nuñez of the Condors and Luis Arcon from Venezuela representing the Knockouts at Lightweight. The Argentinian injured his left elbow in a fall and was unable to continue. With the Knockouts boxer having won both rounds so far, he was awarded the bout, much to the home crowd’s agitation.
The bout between Condors’ Braian Suarez and Knockouts’ Michel Borges de Souza was a Walk Over in the favour of the USA.
Coming up next
The Condors will have to pull themselves back together quickly for their home match against Group leaders Ukraine Otamans if they are to keep their hopes of reaching the Playoffs alive. The USA Knockouts meanwhile have the potentially easier prospect of entertaining the Algeria Desert Hawks in Miami.
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