After a difficult start to this campaign, the Season III semi-finalists, the Mexico Guerreros, are back with a vengeance after last night’s victory over fellow strugglers Hussars Poland on home soil.
It was an important win for the Latin American team, who have at last got some points on the board. They will now watch with baited breath as third placed Azerbaijan take on the fourth placed Russian Boxing team in a crunch World Series of Boxing (WSB) match later today.
It was a good display by the Flyweights (52kg), Lightweights (60kg), Welterweights (69kg), Light Heavyweights (81kg) and Super Heavyweights (91+kg) of the Guerreros team who left the evening with a KO, TKO and three points victories.
Bout of the match
The most competitive bout of the evening was arguably between Hussars star Dawid Michelus and WSB debutant Lindolfo Delgado at Lightweight. The Hussars athlete came into this bout 2-2 which included a win over World silver medallist Mohammed Flissi of the Algeria Desert Hawks last season. He was able to rock the Guerreros boxer with some extremely hard shots throughout the bout. The 18 year old Delgado however dominated the opening two rounds. The Pole battled back to take rounds three and four meaning the bout went right down to the wire. In the end though, an overjoyed Delgado did enough to get his first win in the WSB.
Boxer of the match
Cometh the hour…Cometh the man. With only one victory in 15 bouts all season for the Guerreros, the WSB Best Boxer of the Year 2013, team captain Elias Emigdio entered the ring against WSB debutant Mariusz Koch. Emigdio, who was 14-3 going into this bout went to work on the Polish boxer very quickly, and gave his man a standing eight count in the second round. He repeated the feat shortly after and was soon awarded a TKO victory. This was hugely important for the psychology of the team. Emigdio gave the Mexicans hope that they then clung to for the rest of the match. They ended the night with a collective record of 6-14 for the season: a vast improvement on the 1-14 they started with.
The turning point
Another of the Guerreros leading boxers Marvin Cabrera rose to the occasion. Undefeated in the WSB last season, with a record of 6-1 he was last year’s number one ranked Middleweight at the old weight limit (68-73kg). In his first performance this year, Cabrera totally dominated Ireneusz Zakrzewski of Poland at Welterweight. He was awarded a clear points advantage over the Pole to secure a Mexican victory by taking the match to 3:0.