Unveiled this week at a press conference before the world’s media, the Argentina Condors Franchise are now ready and eager to get their campaign up and running as they wait to make their bow in the competition. They travel to Azerbaijan to face Baku Fires next weekend in a daunting opening match.
Argentina Boxing Federation President Osvaldo Bisbal lead the presentation and took questions alongside Argentina Condors Team Manager Hernán Salvo, Head Coach Sarbelio Fuentes, coach Jose Rafael Sosa and star boxers Fernando Martinez (54 KG), Alberto Melian (54 KG), Germán Benítez ( 61KG) and Maximiliano Sosa (+91KG).
Osvaldo Bisbal, spokesperson for the team introduced and explained the ins and outs of the World Series of Boxing to the attending members of the press before detailing the calendar and how the competition would greatly enhance the experience of the Argentinean boxers.
“The league is unlike anything else, it is extremely competitive but it is fantastic to be able to fight as part of a team. Here you are never anxious because you always have the support of a big group and you box those around you. You face the world’s best fighters, who have participated at the Olympic Games, against professional boxers and future world champions with a lot more experience, so it’s an excellent opportunity to test ourselves“, said Bantamweight Fernando Martinez who together with Juan Carrasco were the only boxers, who competed in WSB.
TyC Sports will broadcast the first match live from Azerbaijan at around 12:00 local time as well as the first home match versus Mexico Guerreros on 23 November when Fernando Martinez (54KG), Germán Benítez (61KG), Brian Brown or Juan José Velazco (73KG ), Yamil Peralta (85KG) and Leonardo Taborda (+91KG) will be donning the WSB gloves.
“The brilliant concept with WSB is that if you lose, it is not counted towards your pro record. You have so much to gain and not much to lose,” said Maxi Sosa, one of the professional boxers in the team.
“We always act as a team; we support and encourage each other. One is fighting in the ring, and the others are all there cheering on as part of one group. This motivates you more, the triumph belongs to all, it belongs to the team. The WSB team format motivates us and helps us to connect even more“, said Alberto Melian, one of the only two Argentinean London Olympians. “I live for boxing, I am a professional, I train with my father and so far I am undefeated, but I am so proud to be part of this team and test myself against the best, and we also will gain money, gain international experience, which under normal circumstances would be impossible, but with WSB it is not”, said Germán Benítez.
Osvaldo Bisbal stated “AIBA’s goal is to strengthen the grassroots development of boxing, to give the boxing more momentum, give more to the boxers, with WSB and the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) program that will be launched next year, the boxers will be much more recognized than ever before. I would also like to extend my thanks for the support from the Ministry of Sports and Argentine Olympic Committee without which the implementation of these projects would not be possible”.