Compared to their 5-0 victory last week in Havana, the Cuba Domadores had a slightly more complicated night at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire. With a 8-2 score on aggregate, they join the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Season IV semi-finals where they will face the Russian Boxing Team.
The night opened at Light Flyweight (46-49kg) with Puerto Rico 19-year-old Anthony Chacon for the Knockouts, and Cuban Yosbany Veitia, ranked Number 1 in the WSB. The 22-year-old southpaw Domadores controlled the first round with his lethal right jab reaching the target. Chacon had a much better defence in the second round and tried to attack more carefully. The young Puerto Rican tried to turn up the heat in the following rounds but was less protective and was counted in the fourth after a quick right hook from Veitia. This close fight ended with a split decision in favour of Veitia which meant that a miracle qualification was not up for grabs for the Knockouts.
At the Light Welterweight (64kg), USA Knockouts 19-year-old Carlos Adames from Dominican Republic stood in front of virtuoso and experienced Yasnier Toledo Lopez (3-1 prior to their contest). Toledo’s body shots opened the bout as the Cuban was dancing away from Adames’ attacks. The Dominican reduced the distance in the second round and started to be more efficient, but Toledo’s excellent and speedy footwork was enough for him to stay ahead of the fight all the way through and be awarded a unanimous decision.
USA Knockouts London 2012 Olympian Middleweight (75kg) Marlo Delgado from Ecuador had only won one bout in his WSB career before facing Domadores’ newcomer in the shape of Cuban National Championships silver medallist, 20-year-old Yaciel Despaigne. The South American landed more efficient punches in the opening round and kept the same level of attacks in the second frame. Despaigne came back from nowhere in the third and forced Delgado to raise his level of boxing in the fourth and fifth to win a narrow battle. Delgado made perfect use of his range overall to win with a unanimous decision.
Unfortunately, both teams were awarded a walk-over at Bantamweight (56kg) for USA Knockouts’ Ramon Cardenas Jr. and at Heavyweight (91kg) for Cuba Domadores’ Erislandy Savon.
The Cubans advance to the WSB semi-finals to face the Russian Boxing Team, which defeated the Ukraine Otamans in the quarter-finals. Russia will host Cuba on April 25 before the action shifts to Cuba on May 2. The winner of this semi-final will qualify for the WSB Finals (May 30-31) and face the winner of the other semi-final contested by defending Champions, the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan and the Azerbaijan Baku Fires.
World Series of Boxing Results Cuba Domadores Defeat USA Knockouts Advances to WSB Semifinals vs. Russia
SALEM, N.H. (April 12, 2014) — Cuba Domadores defeated USA Knockouts, 3-2, in tonight’s World Series of Boxing (WSB) quarterfinals to advance in the WSB playoffs. Cuba had defeated USA in last week’s opening quarterfinals action in Havana, 5-0, and won the WSB quarterfinals by an 8-2 aggregate playoff score.
Cuba advances to the WSB semifinals to face Russian Boxing Team, which defeated Ukraine Otmas, 8-2, in the quarterfinals. Russia hosts Cuba April 25 in the opening round of the semifinals and then the action shifts to Cuba on May 2. The Cuba-Russia winner will qualify for the WSB Championship, May 30-31 (likely in London), against the other semifinals winner between the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan vs. Ajerbaijan Baku Fires.
USA’s middleweight Marlo Delgado (2-2) won a close five-round decision over Cuba’s WSB debuting Yaciel Despaigne (0-1). Delgado was a 2012 Ecuador Olympian.
Cuba’s 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Yasner Toledo (4-1) shutout Carlos Adames, winning all five rounds on all three judges’ scorecards. WSB #2 rated lightweight Toledo used a devastating body attack to defeat his Dominican Republic opponent.
Cuba technically won the quarterfinals after the opening match in which Cuban light flyweight Yosbany Vettia (6-0) remained undefeated by winning a five-round split decision over USA’s previously unbeaten Anthony Chacon (2-1), of Puerto Rico. WSB #1 rated Vettia dropped WSB #5 Chacon with a right hook in round three.
Cuba’s #1 rated heavyweight Erislandy Savon (6-0) and USA bantamweight Ramon Cardenas, of San Antonio (TX), won their matches by walkover.
Developed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in 2010, the World Series of Boxing is one of the most exciting emerging sport leagues in the world. Bringing together the best boxers on the planet to compete in a team format across ten weight categories, the WSB represents a whole new way of thinking about boxing.
Being the world’s first truly global boxing league with franchises from four continents – Africa, America, Asia and Europe – the WSB promotes a transparent scoring system, bringing with it a much needed world-leading governance and commercial guidance to international boxing.
This unique team-versus-team approach has resulted in some of the most exciting clashes imaginable between the world’s top fighters on an International scale. USA vs. Mexico, Germany vs. Italy, and Ukraine vs. Russia rank are amongst the major matches that boxing fans have been given the chance to enjoy through the past four seasons of WSB competition.
Team scoring is conducted, based on the outcome of five three-minute bouts, and WSB teams are in two groups, A and B. Cuba qualified for the WSB Playoffs on top of Group B with a 9-1 record, while USA came in fourth in Group B at 4-6.
Former American boxer Dr. Wilbert “Skeeter” McClure, 1960 Olympic middleweight gold medalist in Rome, was a special guest.