In a tight last match of the season for the Argentina Condors, it was their star boxer Yamil Peralta who fittingly ensured the win for the home side. Team Germany meanwhile take home a valuable point which keeps them ahead of the USA in the table and ensures that they will almost certainly avoid facing Cuba in the quarter-finals.
The Light Flyweights (46-49kg), Bantamweights (56kg), Light Welterweights (64kg), Middleweights (75kg) and Heavyweights (91kg) contested this match.
Bout of the match
Junior Zarate made an impressive debut against Ovidiu Berceanu of Team Germany. The Romanian mercenary, boxing for the Germans, had only made one previous WSB appearance, which he lost against the number two ranked Light Flyweight Mark Barriga of the Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder. This meant that on paper, the two are very evenly matched. That proved to be the case in the ring as well, with both young orthodox boxers clearly talented in all areas of the game. The Condors’ fighter managed to edge ahead by a small margin in every round to ensure points victory that doesn’t really capture just how tight this bout was.
Boxer of the match
Alberto Melian put in another outstanding performanceagainstOmar El Hag of Team Germany. The Argentina Condors boxer is beginning to put himself forward as a serious prospect in the WSB and has now taken his record to 8-1, with his only loss to date coming in his debut. This season he has won five bouts, one by TKO, which has made him the number one ranked Bantamweight. His record during the Regular Season has been so strong that there are only a handful of boxers that could now overtake him in the rankings, despite the fact that he won’t be given the chance to box again this year since Argentina are now out of the competition. In that way, his performance mirrors that of his teammate Yamil Peralta last season. His evasion skills are sublime, his counterpunching instinctive and he has proven that he can mix it with the best in the business. We can comfortably predict a top three finish in the individual ranks for him this season, which is great news for the Condors going forward.
The turning point
With the match tied at 2-2, Yamil Peralta stepped into the ring at a critical time against Johann Witt. Peralta, as last season’s surprise number one Light Heavyweight boxer, came into the bout unbeaten in the WSB. As the World bronze medallist, he is exactly the sort of boxer one would want to call upon at such a moment. His opponent from Germany has yet to win a WSB bout but boxed bravely. Peralta hit him with a number of shots that would have floored a lesser man, yet Witt kept coming. Nonetheless, it was the Argentinian who took all of the rounds comfortably out-boxing his opponent to take his WSB record to 8-0. This makes him the third ranked heavyweight in the WSB this season and more importantly, takes him into the kind of territory, across both seasons, that makes him one of boxing’s genuine stars.
Fact/Stat of the match
With Melian toping the ranks at Bantamweight, the Condors feature among the seven teams with a boxer in the top two ranks across all weight groups; given the dominance of certain teams that spread is quite surprising. What is unsurprising however is that Cuba tops the list, with eight boxers in the top two, which is twice as many as defending champions Astana Arlans Kazakhstan.
Kastriot Sopa did well for the Germans at Light Welterweight against Carlos Aquino. Sopa took his WSB record to 4-1 and at just 21 years old, that is extremely good. Sopa slips to 2-1 and will unfortunately have to wait until next season to try to battle his way out of negative territory.
Middleweight Denis Radovan ensured that the German Eagles came away with a crucial point to stay ahead of the USA Knockouts and thus hopefully avoid Cuba until a later stage of the competition. He also took his personal record to 3-1. Radovan is another 21 year old star with a bright future in the German line-up. His opponent Sergio Lebensztajn is a year younger and made his debut for the Condors. He boxed well despite losing and time is very much on his side, which is something he can take comfort in as he prepares for next season.
Coming up next
The Condors Argentina have had a stronger year than their table position suggests but are out of the competition nevertheless. However there has certainly been an improved performance this year from the team and they have adapted well to the full ten weight categories. They will now need to focus on building their strength for next season. Team Germany have qualified for the Playoffs and the point salvaged today means that they look likely to face the defending Champions, the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, in the quarter-finals.