Three devastating performances from Argentina Condors’ opening trio of boxers on Saturday night put their WSB Group C clash with Rafako Hussars Poland beyond the visitors’ reach, despite a late rally from the powerful pair of Tomasz Jablonski and Igor Jakubowski. It has been a dream start to Season VI for the Condors, who will now face a stiff challenge in Week 7 when Russian Boxing Team arrive in the capital Buenos Aires for a top-of-the-table clash.
The Argentine side’s stylish light flyweight Junior Zarate has been a fixture of the national team since 2007, and he got the night off to the perfect start for the hosts, avenging a Season V defeat at the hands of Poland’s Dawid Jagodzinski with a unanimous points win over his rival.
Bantamweight Elias Gonzalez then controlled the second bout of the night against Rafako Hussars’ 19-year-old WSB debutant Adrian Kowal, and Polo Rodriguez’s put the match beyond doubt when he despatched Polish National Light Welterweight Champion Mateusz Kostecki in a thrilling encounter.
With the score at 3-0 the Polish side refused to lie down, and middleweight legend Tomasz Jablonski was the man to steady the ship with a comprehensive win over the hosts’ WSB debutant Joaquin Lingua. Already qualified for Rio 2016, Jablonski was in ruthless form, with the brave Lingua content to have five rounds of high-level international experience under his belt.
Another of Poland’s big-hitters then ensured the visitors went home with what could be a vital point in the context of the group qualification race. Igor Jakubowski had a clear physical advantage over Argentina’s heavyweight stand-in Dario Alcapan, and he made it count as he frustrated the Argentine, who was eventually disqualified in the fourth round of a brave battle.