Aguascalientes, Ags. With five wins by knockout and one by unanimous decision, the Cuban boxers staged a categorical return to professionalism after 60 years of absence in a historic evening at the Palenque of the San Marcos National Fair, in the city of Aguascalientes.
The fighters of the mythical flagship The Cubans were far superior to their opponents (five Mexicans and one Colombian) in a series of six fights scheduled for six rounds.
“That all the boxers in the world can count on us now, because we are going to fight and we are willing to face the best of each weight. In the next few days we are going to increase the number of rounds for the fights, but we are ready”, added the 32-year-old fighter, gold medalist at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
In addition to La Cruz, super featherweight Osvel Caballero, originally from Santa Isabel de las Lajas, defeated local challenger Jhosman Reyes by knockout with tremendous power shots and a great school technique in his professional debut.
Yoenlis Hernández, from Camagüey, also beat Juan Carlos on the fast track The Mole Raygoza at super middleweight; while Roniel Iglesias, from Pinar del Río, reported on Brandon the turbo Pérez in super welterweight with a resounding knockout.
“I want to thank the fans of Mexico for the opportunity to show that we have quality and can go very far in professional boxing. The plan came out perfect, as we had planned,” said two-time Olympic champion Arlén López, from Guantánamo, who defeated Fernando Galván from Tamaulipas with a left hook to the jaw in the first round.
“Very happy to take my first step down the knockout route. I went out to do my job, the technique was perfect; I am not going to underestimate anyone, but I am confident in myself, ”said the boxer, who competed in the light heavyweight division.
In a gala that generated great expectation, only Lázaro Prince Álvarez, from Pinar del Río, took his fight to the limit and defeated Francisco Mercado by unanimous decision in the super lightweight category by 58-56, 59-55 and 58-56.
“In Cuba we are doing a good job,” said Álvarez, whose efforts were recognized with applause by the public in Aguascalientes.
The six triumphant boxers make up The Tamers of Cubaa team that had competed since 2014 in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), a semi-professional fight where athletes fought without head protectors and foreign exchange earnings.
In the main event, the Venezuelan José Bolivia Uzcategui knocked out Felipe with a right hook The Indian Romero in the second of 10 rounds.