The Zuchang Stadium of Jinjiang, China, witnessed the 5 thrilling bouts of the Leg Two of the WSB Season VIII Finals between Cuba Domadores and Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, where the Caribbean squad avenge their last season Finals defeat with an impressive 7 – 3 overall victory to regain the WSB Trophy.
Friday’s action saw the Domadores increase their initial 3 – 2 advantage with an incredible team performance that granted them a 4 – 1 victory on the C2 weight categories. Domadores has now become three-times WSB Champions, equaling the trophy record of the Arlans.
Fly (52kg) – Bibossynov keeps Kazakhstan hopes alive
Astana Arlans’ flyweight Saken Bibossynov stepped into the ring knowing that a defeat will leave the Arlans chances to win the Finals really far away. And this extra motivation fueled the 21-years old Kazakh boxer who impressed the Chinese crowd with a well-rounded performance over the five rounds to defeat Cuba’s Jorge Griñan on the first bout of the evening.
Light (60kg) – Lazaro “El Principe” Alvarez footwork masterclass
Three-times AIBA World Champion Lazaro Alvarez (CUB) avenged his last Season Finals defeat against Zakir Safiullin (KAZ) with a unanimous point win that improves his WSB record to a enviable 26 – 3. The Cuban star based his performance on his impressive footwork and effective jab that kept him out of Safiullin’s reach.
Welter (69kg) – Roniel Iglesias wins the bout of the Finals
With a 4 – 3 in favor of Cuba on the score board, the responsibility reached Roniel Iglesias (CUB) and Aslanbek Shymbergenov (KAZ), and both boxers didn’t disappoint. In what has already become a classic clash on the WSB Finals with a history of three encounters, Iglesias avenged his previous two defeats in the closest bout of this season Finals and served the victory to Domadores on a silver platter.
Light Heavy (81kg) – Cuban superstar La Cruz scores the Trophy point for Domadores
If there is a dominant boxer over the last decade, this boxer is Cuba’s Julio Cesar la Cruz. He has won the last four editions of the AIBA World Championships, the last Olympic Games and he has added a third WSB title to his outstanding winning record. Impressive footwork, exceptional reflex, clinic accuracy… his speechless performance didn’t give any opportunity to Kazakhstan’s Bek Nurmaganbet and granted the Cuba Domadores with the status of WSB Season VIII Champions.
Super Heavy (91+kg) – Jose Larduet closed the Cuban festival in China
With the trophy already secured for Cuba Domadores, Jose Larduet (CUB) delivered a final victory over Kazakhstan’s Kamshybek Kunkabayev by unanimous decision that left the WSB Season VIII Finals score board 7 – 3.