(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The USA Knockouts will compete in the third match of the 2015 World Series of Boxing season on Friday at the Miccosukee Sports & Entertainment Dome in Miami, Fla. The United States squad will take on the Caciques Venezuela in five bouts of WSB competition on Friday in the second straight home match for the Knockouts.
The five American boxers competing in Friday’s action will be boxing in their home ring for the first time in 2015 following a victorious season opener on January 17 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The second half of the USA Knockouts competed in Miami on Saturday, winning a 3-2 match over the Italia Thunder. With two straight wins under their belt, the USA Knockouts have made a strong statement to open the 2015 season. For the first time, the American-based squad includes a full roster of American champions with the full roster coming from the WSB and World Championship Team Trial in December.
In Friday’s action, light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas), bantamweight Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas), light welterweight Tra-kwon Pettis (Atlanta, Ga.), middleweight Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.) and heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) will all compete for a coveted WSB victory.
The light flyweight bout will be a showdown between two 2014 youth world championships competitors as Hernandez takes on Yoel Finol from the visiting team. Hernandez suffered a close decision loss in his season opener two weeks ago and is looking forward to notching his first win tomorrow night.
Martinez opened the season with a unanimous decision victory in Argentina and will vie for another win in his bantamweight bout with the Caciques Venezuela’s Jose Diaz.
Light welterweight Luis Arcon competed for the USA Knockouts during the 2014 season, but he will face off with his former team in Friday’s competition. Arcon will battle the Knockouts’ Pettis in the American’s WSB debut in Miami.
Campbell enjoyed a first round knockout in his 2015 season opener in Argentina and he returns to action in a bout with Venezuela’s Endry Saavedra on Friday.
Temple took a walkover win in the Knockouts’ season opener so the American heavyweight is primed and ready for contested action in a match with former Central American and Caribbean Games silver medalist Alfonso Flores in the final bout of Friday’s event.
Coaches Candelario Lopez (San Jose, Calif.) and Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.) are guiding the USA Knockouts in Friday’s action against the Caciques Venezuela. Boxing will begin at 8 p.m. ET and can be viewed via live stream at www.aibaboxingtv.com.
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USA Knockouts vs. Caciques Venezuela Line-Up
Light flyweight/108 lbs: Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas/USA Knockouts vs. Yoel Finol/Caciques Venezuela
Bantamweight/123 lbs: Francisco Martinez, Dallas, Texas/USA Knockouts vs. Jose Diaz/Caciques Venezuela
Light welterweight/141 lbs: Tra-Kwon Pettis, Atlanta, Ga./USA Knockouts vs. Luis Arcon/Caciques Venezuela
Middleweight/165 lbs: Anthony Campbell, Covington, Tenn./USA Knockouts vs. Endry Saavedra/Caciques Venezuela
Heavyweight/201 lbs: Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo./USA vs. Alfonso Flores/Caciques Venezuela