Mexico Guerreros have been part of the WSB story since Season I, with their fearless approach in the ring making for some memorable nights of boxing around the world. Having narrowly missed out on the knockout stages in their opening campaign, Season II saw them reach the play-offs in style before being eventually undone by the impressive Astana Arlans.
In Season III, Mexico had boxers ranked in the top ten of every weight class, a feat shared only with the eventual champions from Kazakhstan, but they failed to build on that solid base in Season IV, finishing bottom of their group with just two wins out of ten matches.
A dreadful start to that campaign improved as it reached its finale, however, with Elias Emigido the catalyst, sparking something of a turnaround in fortunes that included a 3-2 home win over Baku Fires and a TKO victory for Emigido over Astana Arlans’ Miras Zhakupov.
The flyweight was absent from Season V, however, leaving Joselito Velazquez and Lindolfo Delgado to step into the spotlight. This they duly did, helping the Guerreros to win 10 out of 14 group matches and a spirited victory over Baku Fires that secured them a place in the semi-finals.
The ever-impressive Cuba Domadores quashed any dreams of reaching the finals, however, with a 10-0 semi-final whitewash. AIBA Youth World Boxing Championship silver medalist Raul Curiel also qualified to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while Joselito Velasquez was the year’s third-ranked light flyweight.