Rampant Argentina overpower Poland (5-0)


It was a night to remember for the home team at the Estadio Vicente Polimeni as Argentina Condors recorded their first ever World Series of Boxing (WSB) win after a sumptuous display against the visiting Hussars Poland. Lining up five of their finest Argentinean boxers, Martinez, Velasco Chanampa, Bravo, Peralta and Carrasco Herrera all excelled in this Group A encounter.

Season one star Fernando Martinez was the first of the Argentina Condors to take to the ring with the Bantamweight (50-54kg) pitted against Polish teenager Sylwester Kozlowski. The Argentine orthodox fighter showcased an excellent repertoire of shots throughout the five rounds, alternating well between the head and body. Kozlowski tried to apply the pressure with some right and left straights but his opponent always had an extra gear in him and Martinez asserted his dominance to give his team the lead.

The experience of the Condors’ Juan Jose Velasco Chanampa told in the night’s Middleweight (68-73kg) bout against tall Mateusz Jerzy Tryc with the Argentine straight out of the blocks, unleashing some powerful combinations early on to take the first. The Pole however gave as good as he got as the two went toe-to-toe in the centre of the ring. It was solid boxing from both parties and it made for a very interesting fight with both evenly matched throughout. Tryc edged rounds two and three but the home fighter came back strong to triumph in the final two and take the win.

Heavyweight (91+kg) WSB debutants Luis Miguel Bravo and Hussars’ Patryk Brzeski locked horns in the third contest with the visiting team’s 20-year-old taking the first two rounds after dictating proceedings from the centre of the ring. The orthodox Bravo, clearly lifted by the crowd, mounted a stunning comeback to claw his way back into the bout, with his power punches making the difference to inflict a hard defeat on his rival.

Yamil Peralta, the home team’s poster-boy, then fought Michal Gerlecki of Poland at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg). London Olympian Peralta had been class on his WSB debut a fortnight ago, displaying a maturity way beyond his tender years. He continued his fine form in this latest fight. Utterly dominant, the tall 21-year-old was relishing this occasion, showing great footwork and a good tactical brain to outsmart the Hussars’ Gerlecki and claim all five rounds on all judges’ scorecards

The final contest of the evening saw Lightening quick Argentine Lightweight (57-61kg) Juan Javier Carrasco Herrera pitted against the’ Hussars orthodox fighter Jacek Adam Wylezol. The host boxer’s experience told as he outmoved, outboxed and outthought his opponent during each of the five rounds. That win making it a resounding overall victory for the Condors.

Hussars Poland will now focus on their next match at home to Algeria Desert Hawks on Friday 14 December.