There was a fantastic atmosphere at Foro Polanco for the confrontation between hosts Mexico Guerreros and Algeria Desert Hawks in this Sunday’s World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group A encounter. Mexican stars Elias Emigdio, Juan Romero and Marvin Cabrera delighted their fans with some quality boxing to give their team a third win in as many matches this season.
It was Mexico’s leading Bantamweight (50-54kg) Emigdio who took to the ring first as he faced dangerous unbeaten French pro boxer Vincent Legrand. It was extremely close throughout with Emigdio the aggressor and the French southpaw connecting with some clean shots on the counter. Legrand was showing some nifty footwork as the first two rounds were shared. From there on after however, the home boxer’s fitness, movement and endeavour saw him gain the upper hand. Connecting with some good hooks and several telling one-two combinations in the remaining rounds, it was Emigdio who triumphed.
2012 WSB Individual Lightweight (57-61kg) Champion Romero then battled Desert Haws’ skilful London Olympian Ahmed Mejri from Tunisia. The 22-year-old Mexican’s range was serving him well as he landed some sweet uppercuts and some good combinations early on. Mejri remained dangerous with that hook of his. After a minor scare in the third, Romero upped the intensity and started exerting complete authority on proceedings with some good work to the body of the Tunisian. It was a riveting contest but the experience of Romero told as he came out on in his first outing of the season.
The Middleweight (68-73kg) showdown saw tough Mexican southpaw Cabrera pitted against emerging Algerian talent Ilyas Abbadi. 19-year-old Cabrera’s raw power saw him shine as his lightening quick hands had his opponent on the back foot for most of the contest. Cabrera’s unrelenting assaults saw him win each of the five rounds to put the Guerreros 3-0 up on the night with overall victory guaranteed as a result.
Two WSB debutants then went head-to-head at Light Heavyweight (80-85kg) with Mexico’s Miguel Angel Gomez Meneses sharing the ring with French pro boxer, Matthieu Bauderlique. The two southpaws went toe-to-toe in the centre of the canvas in the first two rounds, trading some hard blows. The commanding 23-year-old two-time France National Champion put in a polished display to dominate most of the exchanges. A huge left hook to the face followed by two big blows to the body saw Bauderlique sent his rival to the canvas to claim a TKO win in round four.
It was a real clash of Heavyweights (91+kg) when Guerreros’ giant Gerardo Miguel Bisbal Melero met 23-year-old Aboulaye Diane from Mali in the last contest of the night. There was a huge difference in height and weight with the Puerto Rican towering over his opponent. Diane however was boxing clever, picking his shots to perfection to compensate for this lack of range. It was so close throughout with both fighters coming into the final round level on the judges’ scorecards. Diane did enough in the final frame to clinch the victory by split decision and send Algeria home with a valuable point from the match.
Algeria next travel to Poland to face the Hussars at the Torwar Sport Center on Friday 14 December whilst he mouth-watering showdown between Azerbaijan Baku Fires and Mexico match will be at the Olympic Sports Complex ‘Serhedchi’ on Saturday 15 December and will decide who ends the year top of Group A.