With the hype that follows the North American nation into every arena they compete in around the world, USA Knockouts bring a certain glitz and glamour to the WSB, and have lived up to the billing with some thrilling bouts involving the world’s best boxers.
After entering the competition in Season III, the Knockouts failed to make a major impact early on, finishing bottom of group B with just two wins from ten matches. Their second campaign was following a similar path until they rallied with three wins out of four in the latter stages to finish fourth in Group A and make the play-offs.
Unfortunately for them, the opponents were a red-hot Cuban outfit that delivered a whitewash in Havana before taking a less one-sided second leg in New Hampshire 3-2, with Puerto Rican Anthony Chacon emerging as the star of the American side, pushing top-ranked Yosbany Veitia to the wire.
Drawn in Group B alongside Italia Thunder, Astana Arlans and an unknown quantity from Venezuela on debut, the USA again had their work cut out to progress to the play-offs, but three wins from three opening matches set them well on the way. Fielding the youngest side of any in the WSB, the knockout stages narrowly eluded the Americans, but strong performances from Nico Hernandez, Francisco Martinez, Brian Ceballo, Anthony Campbell and Joshua Temple suggest that the Knockouts have a bright future in WSB.