Following a convincing Week One performance against Venezuela Caciques, reigning WSB Champions Cuba Domadores will now meet Argentina Condors on Friday night in Havana. The Cuban line-up is once again stacked full of experience and talent, led by none other than their talismanic Rio 2016 Olympic Champion Julio Cesar La Cruz, and it looks like being a testing occasion for the Condors’ brave newcomers.
At 24 years-old, the hosts’ Flyweight (52kg) Yosbany Veitia already has 21 WSB bouts to his name, including a thrilling triumph in the Season VI Final over Britain’s Muhammad Ali. The Cuban will be looking for his 20th win in the competition when he takes on Ramon Quiroga, one of three WSB debutants in the Argentine side along with Joel Mafaud (60kg) and Federico Schinina (69kg).
In the second bout of the evening, Lightweight Mafaud meets another relative newcomer to the format, Domadores’ Armando Martinez, a man with one bout and one third-round stoppage under his WSB belt and a powerful left-hook in his armoury, before Schinina tries to contain Cuba’s former Olympic and World Champion Roniel Iglesias across five rounds at Welterweight.
The irrepressible Julio Cesar La Cruz is fourth into the ring for the Domadores, whose 18-2 WSB record, three World titles and gold at Rio 2016 suggest a big task for Argentine Light Heavyweight (81kg) Juan Rizo as if he is to earn a first WSB win at the fourth time of asking. Wrapping up Friday’s action in Havana will be the hosts’ Super Heavyweight and London 2012 Olympian Jose Larduet Gomez against Kevin Espindola, in his second season of WSB and, at 20 years old, a genuine prospect in something of a new-look Condors side.
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