The six Cuban boxers who made their professional debut this Friday, in a performance against five Mexicans and one Colombian, swept the field with
The six Cuban boxers who made their professional debut this Friday, in a performance against five Mexicans and one Colombian, swept the field with five knockouts and one unanimous decision victory.
It was the first presentation of Cuban boxers in professionalism after the Cuban Boxing Federation (FCB) gave its consent last April, after more than 60 years without participating in paid boxing.
The Caribbeans who entered paid boxing in the show called “Tamers of Cuba” held in Aguascalientes, located 492 kilometers north of Mexico City, dominated in each of the six-round battles.
In the main fight of the “Tamers of Cuba”, Julio César La Cruz, winner of the gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, did not give the Colombian Deivis “El Felino” a single second of respite. Casseres, at Cruiserweight.
He knocked him down in the first episode and repeated the dose in the second, thus achieving the first victory of the show for Cuba by knockout.
“It was a great performance by all my teammates, we all got the victory, it was a great debut in professionalism and we are happy about it,” La Cruz said after his fight.
In a light heavyweight bout, double Olympic gold medalist Arlen López dispatched Fernando Galván in one breath with a merciless left hook to the jaw in the first round of their contest.
“Everything went perfectly for me, I waited for the moment and when I saw the opportunity I hit that shot,” Arlen said after his victory.
Also spectacular was the presentation of Roniel Iglesias, winner of gold at the 2012 London and Tokyo Olympics, in a super welterweight fight against Brandon Pérez, whom he defeated by knockout in the second round with a powerful left blow.
The super lightweight fight between Cuban Lázaro Álvarez and Francisco Mercado was the closest of the six. Although the Mexican was brave, the forcefulness of the three-time Olympic bronze medalist gave him the victory by unanimous decision.
“I am proud of my debut, I went up to give my fight, to wear him down and I won cleanly,” Álvarez explained.
In the second battle of the event, the one born in the province of Camagüey, Feliciano Yoenlis Hernández, world amateur boxing champion 2021, demonstrated his hard punch by knocking down local Juan Carlos “La Mole” Raygoza in super middleweight in the third episode.
Earlier the show was opened by the fight between Osvel Caballero, world bronze medalist, who beat Jhosman Reyes in the fourth round of the super featherweight duel.