Cuba Domadores delivered a second consummate performance in two nights in front of a home crowd in Havana to defeat China Dragons 5-0 and finish the WSB regular season top of Group A. The Season IV champions head in to the 2016 playoffs in ominous form, having also dismissed Ukraine Otamans 5-0 on Thursday evening.
In a riveting opening contest, 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships silver medallist Yosbany Veitia and China Dragons’ Bo Fang traded blows in five high-class flyweight rounds. In the end the Cuban, who has already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, did just enough to win by three rounds to two.
The host franchise’s Season VI debutant Armando Martinez had big shoes to fill, having replaced the three-time AIBA World lightweight champion Lazaro Alvarez in the line-up. If the 21 year old was daunted it certainly did not show, as he defeated Yong Wang by TKO in the third round, following a succession of left hooks.
London 2012 welterweight gold medallist, Roniel Iglesias, who secured a chance to defend his title in Rio de Janeiro at the AIBA American Olympic Qualification Event in Buenos Aires last month, was far too good for China Dragons’ Wenbin Cong in the third bout of the night. Having won the first round 10:8 according to all three judges, Iglesias knocked out Cong in the second.
Cuba Domadores’ Emmanuel Reyes made light work of replacing a second Cuban legend for the host franchise, as three-time AIBA World Champion Julio Cesar La Cruz sat out. Reyes, the 23-year-old light heavyweight, dominated his opponent, China Dragons’ soldier Yawei Zhang, winning all five rounds.
A second knockout of the evening came in the final contest, sending the Cuban crowd home happy. Rio 2016-bound Leinier Pero was in total control against China Dragons’ newcomer Abudusemaiti Abulaiti, sending him to the canvas before the end of round one.