The Cuba Domadores showed once again why they are the team to beat in WSB Season VI with a near-flawless Quarter-Final performance against Mexico Guerreros. With the tie standing at 5-0 to the hosts after Thursday’s first leg, the match was settled in uncompromising fashion with a second whitewash on Friday night, setting up a mouthwatering Semi-Final against Uzbek Tigers or Russian Boxing Team.
Cuban maestro Yosbany Veitia Soto was the first in the ring for the hosts and he quickly set about his task, dominating the opening two rounds against the less-experienced Jose Rojas with rapid counter-attacks. A superb combination in the third was enough to win the bout and settle the match, but there was still plenty of boxing talent left to come.
Three-time AIBA World Champion Lazaro Alvarez and Lindolfo Delgado put on a masterful show of lightweight skill for the crowd, the Guerreros star surprising Alvarez with some clever work early on. The Cuban hero took control in the final rounds, though, powering through to a unanimous points win.
In the southpaw bout of the day, Cuba’s London 2012 Olympic Champion Roniel Iglesias cruised to victory against Mexico’s Marvin Cabrera at welterweight, before the home side’s other triple World Champion, captain Julio Cesar La Cruz, successfully navigated his way past tricky light heavyweight Rogelio Romero.
The 10-0 victory was completed in style by Leinier Pero, who stopped Mexico’s US-based Elvis Garcia in the third round of their super heavyweight bout, meaning that the Domadores reach the Semi-Finals having dropped just three points so far this season. That impressive form is likely to be given a more thorough examination in the next round, however, as the Cubans wait to hear who they face after Saturday night’s Quarter-Final second leg between Russian Boxing Team and Uzbek Tigers.