Caciques de Venezuela was one of four new teams entering Season V of the World Series of Boxing with high hopes of making their mark. Affectionately known as the “vinotinto” (red wine) after the traditional burgundy color of their sporting apparel, the side is officially named in honour of the native ‘Cacique’ warriors who fought off Spanish conquerors in the fifteenth century to defend their ancestral traditions and customs.
Several Venezuelan boxers had earned themselves WSB experience competing for other teams in previous seasons, giving the coaches a strong selection on which to draw for their first ever campaign as they sought to turn their impressive home stadium – “El Poliedro” in the capital city Caracas – into a fortress.
Despite a tough opening match in Kazakhstan, the Caciques rallied well, winning 8 out of their 14 group stage matches and only missing out on the knockout stages following a surprise win for Italia Thunder over the Arlans at the end of the season. It was a solid first outing for the debutants, however, with welterweight Gabriel Maestre proving himself a formidable opponent able to mix it with the world’s best.