Cuban bantamweight Javier Ibanez’s impressive win over Turkiye Conquerors’ Nurettin Ovat in Week 9 of Season VI has earned the Domadores newcomer the latest WSB Boxer of the Week accolade. It was Ibanez’s first appearance for the team, deputising for Olympic champion Robeisy Ramirez, and the young debutant seized his opportunity brilliantly in Havana.
Born in 1996, Ibanez began boxing at the age of 10 under coach Humberto Orta Dominguez in the city of Matanzas. Taking gold at his first international tournament, the 2011 Balado Cup, the then light flyweight’s raw talent was evident and two years later, following training camps in Russia and Kazakhstan, the Cuban amassed a series of youth titles.
In 2014, Ibanez proved his ability beyond any doubt as he won both the AIBA Youth World and Youth Olympic titles, establishing his place on the global stage and earning the AIBA Boxer of the Year title in the process.
Acclimatising to life at the elite level with a series of competitions in Cuba throughout 2015, including victory in the Teofilo Stevenson cup in Havana, Ibanez was drafted in to the Cuba Domadores Season VI team for the first time to face Turkiye Conquerors in Week 9. The debutant started somewhat nervily in front of his home crowd, but by the second round had already found his rhythm, setting up a decisive third in which the Cuban’s attacks were unrelenting until the Turkish corner threw in the towel. It was an impressive opening statement from a future WSB star.