After a tough introduction to life in World Series of Boxing (WSB) with two successive defeats, Argentina Condors will be aiming for their first win as Hussars Poland come to town this Saturday 8 December (22:30 local time). With the skills of Fernando Martinez, Juan Javier Carrasco Herrera and Yamil Perlata, the home team will be counting on their big names to claim victory.
At Bantamweight (50-54kg), season one star Martinez will be seeking to get the Condors off to a flying start when he battles Polish teenager Sylwester Kozlowski. The Argentine orthodox fighter has already tasted WSB action and impressed with his offensive style so will be expected to give his team an early lead in the tie. However the Hussars man cannot be underestimated with the squad high on confidence following their victory in week two.
Martinez is extremely focused on the fight, stating, “I know this competition well, having fought six times in season one, but I now have even more hunger and motivation for it because I am representing my flag and my country. I now feel a great responsibility to my team and to my fans. I cannot wait to box for the Condors”.
There is also fighting talk from Kozlowski, “I have trained really hard these past two weeks, adding a lot more sparring to my sessions. Losing my first fight was difficult to take but the calibre of the opponent was high and it was a great lesson, I learnt a lot about myself. I am not travelling to the other side of the world to lose again, this time I am ready”.
Carrasco Herrera, recruited over the summer from Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder to pass on his knowledge to the Condors team, will then be locking horns with Poland orthodox fighter Jacek Adam Wylezol in the Lightweight (57-61kg) contest. The 20-year-old Argentine is deceptively fast and with a delicious hook in his arsenal, he will be looked upon to fire up the team and the crowd. Wylezol is also finding his feet at this level but is a promising boxer so it will be all but straightforward here.
The experience of Juan Jose Velasco Chanampa should make the difference in the night’s Middleweight (68-73kg) bout against the tall Hussars orthodox fighter Mateusz Jerzy Tryc. The Argentine was given a baptism of fire on his WSB debut against 2012 Individual Championships finalist Heybulla Mursalov but acquitted himself well in defeat. Tryc will be looking to make his height and reach advantage count so it will be intriguing to see who can gain the upper hand.
The home fans will all want to catch a glimpse of their star boxer Peralta when he enters the ring to face Michal Gerlecki of Poland at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg). London Olympian Peralta was class on his WSB debut, displaying a maturity way beyond his tender years, so should be the favourite to win this one.
The final contest of the evening will see Heavyweight (91+kg) WSB debutants Luis Miguel Bravo of the Condors go head-to-head with Hussars’ Patryk Brzeski. Both are of the same age and have the same stance but Argentine Bravo is taller and this could be the deciding factor in the fight.
On paper these two sides look evenly matched, however with home advantage and boxers more in tune with this tough competition, the Condors should shade it.