USA Knockouts will need to bounce back from the disappointment of their last-minute defeat to British Lionhearts in Week 2 if they are to register their first WSB win of Season VI against Mexico Guerreros on Friday night in Miami. Semi-finalists last season, the Guerreros showed their calibre with a 4-1 win over Morocco Atlas Lions a fortnight ago, and will head to Florida confident of being able to take all three points south of the border.
The hosts are able to start strongly, with their 2015 Pan-American Games Flyweight Champion Antonio Vargas cutting his WSB teeth against Guerreros’ Orlando Huitzil in the first bout of the night. After four good wins in Season V, Huitzil will also have nothing to fear going in to what looks like being a very close-fought opening contest.
Knockouts’ Carlos Balderas also won four contests last time out and is the first American boxer to qualify for Rio 2016. The 19 year-old lightweight will be hoping to exact some sweet revenge on Lindolfo Delgado after the Mexican star defeated him at the quarter-final stage of the Pan-American Games in Toronto last year.
Paul Kroll was a revelation at welterweight during the US National Olympic Trials two months ago, and he will be hoping to earn some crucial international experience as he opens up his WSB account against Mexico Guerreros’ Francisco Armenta, himself a silver medallist at the Independence Cup in the Dominican Republic one year ago.
Another US National Olympic Trials winner Jonathan Esquivel will try to prevent Mexico’s Rogelio Romero earning himself a fourth WSB-career win, before the night closes out in style with a tight super heavyweight battle predicted between USA’s Brandon Lynch and the Guerreros’ Elvis Garcia.
Leading up to the Group B showdown will be two star-studded women’s exhibition matches between the USA and Mexico. American flyweight and Rio 2016 Test Event winner Virginia Fuchs steps into the ring against Mexican champion Sulem Urbina, followed by a showdown between US Olympic Trials Lightweight Champion Mikaela Mayer and Pan-American bronze medalist Victoria Torres. Reigning Olympic Games, Pan-American Games and AIBA World Champion Claressa Shields will be ringside supporting her teammates for the evening’s exciting curtain-raiser.