(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The USA Knockouts kept their undefeated record in tact on Friday with a 3-2 match victory over the Caciques Venezuela at the Miccosukee Sports & Entertainment Dome in Miami, Fla. The team from Venezuela traveled to south Florida brimming with confidence after a big upset victory over the Azerbaijan Baku Fires in week two, but the American boxers boasted a winning streak of their own and the Knockouts extended it on Friday night. The U.S. squad traded wins with the visiting team throughout the night before heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) clinched a Knockouts victory with a third round TKO in the final bout of the night.
Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas) earned his second win of the 2015 season in a bantamweight bout with Venezuela’s Jose Diaz. Martinez’s aggression and pressure earned him a split decision win over Diaz in the night’s second bout, giving the Knockouts their first victory of the match.
Light welterweight Tra-Kwon Pettis (Atlanta, Ga.) made his World Series of Boxing debut on Friday in a match-up with Cacique Venezuela’s Luis Arcon. The American boxer used his height advantage and distance to outbox Arcon throughout the five rounds of competition. Pettis took a unanimous decision victory over Arcon, marking his first WSB win and an important point for his USA Knockouts.
World Series of Boxing veteran Temple stepped in to the ring for his first contested bout of 2015 with the USA Knockouts and Caciques Venezuela tied at two wins apiece. Yet the pressure didn’t daunt the heavy-handed Temple. He took control of his bout with Alfonso Flores immediately, winning the first two rounds on all three of the judges’ scorecards. After just two rounds, Flores’ corner had seen enough and stopped the bout, giving Temple and the USA Knockouts the victory.
In the opening bout of the night, hard-charging light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kanas) fell by the closest of margins, losing a split decision by only one point to Venezuela’s Yoel Finol. Hernandez pressed the action throughout the five rounds but Finol pulled out a 2-1 victory for the visiting squad.
Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.) opened the 2015 season with a first round knockout two weeks ago in Argentina but he couldn’t duplicate that success in his second bout on Friday. Campbell dropped a unanimous decision to Endry Saavedra in their middleweight contest.
Coaches Candelario Lopez (San Jose, Calif.) and Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.) led the U.S. squad on Friday in Miami. The USA Knockouts will return to action on February 8 in Karaganda City, Kazakhstan in a match-up with the Astana Arlans.
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USA Knockouts vs. Caciques Venezuela Results
108 lbs: Yoel Finol/Caciques Venezuela dec. Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas/USA Knockouts, 2-1
123 lbs: Francisco Martinez, Dallas, Texas/USA Knockouts dec. Jose Diaz/Caciques Venezuela, 2-1
141 lbs: Tra-Kwon Pettis, Atlanta, Ga./USA Knockouts dec. Luis Arcon/Caciques Venezuela, 3-0
165 lbs: Endry Saavedra/Caciques Venezuela dec. Anthony Campbell, Covington, Tenn./USA Knockouts, 3-0
201 lbs: Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo./USA won on TKO over Alfonso Flores/Caciques Venezuela, TKO-3
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