USA Knockouts ended the Regular Season in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) with a well deserved 4-1 victory over Puerto Rico Hurricanes in Miami.
The result moved the American team above Puerto Rico in Group A, and they will finish the season fifth in the table.
Puerto Rico have been an excellent addition to WSB this season, and they will be delighted that a member of their team earned a quota for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the last fight of the evening.
6-1 Jeyvier Cintrón Ocasio competed in the London 2012 Olympic Games, but headed into his contest with USA’s Brent Venegas III knowing that he needed a victory to earn a quota for his second Olympic Games.
Cintrón was excellent from the outset against Venegas, and showcased the sublime reflexes and immaculate timing which has been his trademark across Season V.
The Hurricane moved up to second in the Flyweight (52 kg) rankings as a result of his decisive points win, and earned a Rio 2016 quota as a result.
This was the only Puerto Rican success of the night however, as the Knockouts won all four of the remaining matches beginning at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) where Cam F. Awesome widely outpointed Jose Gabriel Medina.
Awesome offered a wide range of shots in the contest, and had excellent stamina for a Super heavyweight.
USA took the lead at Lightweight (60 kg) when 4-1 Carlos Balderas stopped Adrian Javier Martinez Morales in round two of their contest.
Balderas won his fourth successive match in Miami with flashy combinations, which eventually caused the referee to stop the bout late into the second round.
Another TKO success for the Knockouts sealed the overall victory as Welterweight (69 kg) Brian Ceballo finished debutant Hector Emanuel Ortiz Pastrana in round four.
A huge left hand from Ceballo dropped the Puerto Rican in round one, before another barrage saw Pastrana stopped on his feet in the fourth round.
The 4-1 American victory was confirmed when 3-2 Light heavyweight (81 kg) Steve Nelson dropped just one round on a single scorecard against 0-6 Joseph Laboy.
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WSB is the only global pro-style competition where teams of boxers go head to head in a league format with franchises from all over the world. WSB is endorsed by nearly 200 National Federations and represents, together with AIBA’s new competition format AIBA Pro Boxing (APB), the future of boxing. WSB has a transparent scoring system and provides boxers with further development opportunities by competing at the highest level with guarantees and stability over the long term, while at the same time retaining their Olympic eligibility. There have been 884 boxers competing in the first 4 seasons. Since the beginning boxers from 76 different countries have made up the teams for this truly global competition. In total, 50 WSB boxers competed at the London Games, seven of them winning medals (4 silver and 3 bronze). In 2014, 66 WSB boxers have been signed up with APB.