Boxer of the Week – Yosbani Veitia

Cuba Domadores Flyweight Yosbani Veitia has been named the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Boxer of the Week following an excellent start to Season V.

This honour is given to WSB fighters who are excelling in their weight categories, and the boxers who are ranked the highest at the end of the season will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Yosbani Veitia won all eight of his contests last season at Light flyweight as he helped his Franchise win the WSB title in their first campaign, and he has resumed his excellent form with three successive victories to sit at the top of the Flyweight rankings.

The Cuban has dropped just two rounds during his battles with Abdelhakim El Barka, Chang Yong and José Kelvin de la Nieve Linares, and spoke to WSB about his career so far, and ambitions for the future.

In Season IV we saw an unbeatable 8-0 Veitia at Light flyweight (49kg). This year, you have moved up to Flyweight (52 kg), and you are still undefeated.  How have you adapted to the new weight category? Did you change your training routines?

To be honest, I made the change with a positive mentality. I’m convinced that it is a necessary step in my career because I couldn’t stay at 49 kg. I made the change little by little, adapting and studying new opponents.

The change didn’t require new tactics beyond examining the qualities of my new opponents. But we made small changes in my training to keep my speed and power sharp at the new weight.

In the preseason Clash of Champions, the Kazakh Miras Zakhupov defeated you by unanimous decision. Are you afraid of a possible rematch with him during the Playoffs?

When this fight took place I hadn’t completely adapted to the 52 kg category, and that, plus the quality of my opponent influenced the result.

And no, I’m not afraid to fight again with him. It would be nice if it happens in the important moment of the Playoffs, but I repeat that he is an excellent athlete.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are very close. What are your hopes for the Games?

The Olympic Games is the event that everybody wants to win. In my case I will arrive at a mature moment in my career, and I think that WSB was very important to reach that level. After losing the medals in London 2012, I look to Rio more ambitious, motivated and secure. I also think that Rio 2016 will be an excellent tournament for Cuba.

After 7 Weeks of competition you are at the top of the Flyweight rankings. Do you think that you will get the Olympic ticket through WSB?

My teammates and I always go into each match with the sole intention of winning each bout. If we achieve this objective, we are closer to Olympic Qualification because there are quotas available from WSB.

In my case, I have made it clear that I want to be useful for my team and this is my encouragement. As you know, we are the current champions and we finished the first stage of the Regular Season undefeated.

Yosbani Veitia - Cuba Domadores

How would you describe your boxing style?

I’m an athlete who can adapt his boxing skills to his opponent. I’m strong, I can punch and also move because I have good technique.

Cuba Domadores won the WSB title in their debut Season. How has this success changed your lives?

The success of Cuba Domadores gives us more recognition in a country where boxing is one of the most prestigious and followed sports. We have supporters that feel happy with us, give us a lot of affection, and this is very good for us.

In Season V nobody has managed to defeat your team so far. What is the limit of Cuba Domadores?

It is our opponents who have to think about where our limit is. After winning the competition in our debut season, when all of us had to adapt our boxing to a new and completely different event, our collective confidence is bigger and all of us are more responsible with the defense of that result.

The goal in each bout is only to think about victory, and we have a team morale which helps us a lot.

Who is the boxer (active or inactive) you always wanted to box against?

Maybe Maikro Romero, the former Olympic and World Champion. He was very brave in the ring and he had an incredible technique that enabled him to boxing at all distances.

You are still very young but how do you see your life after boxing? If you hadn’t been a boxer, what would you have been?

I never think about my life without boxing, so because of that I want to continue as a boxing coach in the future.

Quick questions:

  • Boxing is: My life
  • My hero is: Stevenson
  • My opponents for me are: I respect all of them
  • World Series Boxing is: A competition that boxing needs
  • My favourite food is: Home food
  • My favourite drink is: A cola drink
  • My favourite hobby is: Music
  • How I see my future: Always in boxing
  • Knockout in my mind is: The best [result]
  • Cuba Domadores for me is:  A family
  • My dream is: To be an Olympic Champion
Date of Birth 12/03/1992
Place of Birth Villa Clara
Coach Rolando Acebal
Residence Villa Clara
Stance Southpaw
Best Results WSB Season IV Team Champion
AIBA World Boxing Championship Astana 2013 – Bronze medallist
Central American & Caribbean Games Veracruz 2014 – Gold meallist
Cuba National Champion 2014
Panameriacan Games Guadalajara 2011 – Silver medallist