WSB 2013-14: Spotlight on the Argentina Condors14 November 2013
The Latin team is known for its passion for boxing and having been drawn in Group A. they will feel that their chances of making the play offs are reasonable this year, in what is a very open group. Here is the lowdown.
The Argentina Condors are entering their second season in the WSB after quickly establishing themselves last year. The Condors surprised many by making it into the play-offs where they got an unexpected (3-2) win over eventual winners Kazakhstan before losing the second leg 5-0 to go out of the competition. A promising start for a promising side.
They are fully supported by the Argentinean Boxing Federation. Star boxer Yamil Peralta was the surprise Season III number one ranked WSB Light Heavyweight and went on an astonishing 6-0 winning streak. In October he continued his fine form, taking a bronze in the AIBA World Boxing Championships Almaty 2013. The team will look to his leadership in the ring this year.
Julio Cesar Garcia was born in Born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has been living in Argentina for 37 years has spent 36 of those as a professional Boxing Coach. In that time he has produced multiple national champions and several WBO and WBA World Champions. Since 1977 he trained boxers in the FAB (Argentinean Boxing Federation) Gym. In November 2012 he started working with the national team in the WSB. In January 2013 he was promoted to the position of Head Coach.
Heavyweight Yamil Peralta from Buenos Aires is the current bronze medalist from the AIBA World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Peralta is hoping to lead his team mates in an impassioned push on the play offs this season
First of all, how is your right hand, which made you injured in your last fight for the Condors against Kazakhstan?
The truth is it still hurts. I keep in the bandage all the time. I have not decided to have an operation because I had many commitments that I did not want to lose. I did not want to miss the World Championships in Almaty and now the WSB League starts again, I will be fighting in Miami.
Will you need to have it operated on at some point?
Yes for sure but not yet. I do not know when exactly. I am hoping to take some days off after the match in Miami to take care of my hand.
Does the bronze in Almaty gives you extra confidence to compete in the WSB or put extra pressure on you?
There is no pressure. I have a complete trust in myself and feel very secure. I know I can beat them all.
In which weight category do you feel more comfortable at 85 or 91? Because last season you were obliged to compete in the WSB at 85 kg, but in AIBA Open Boxing (AOB) you compete at 91 kg.
I feel my best in 91 kg. I feel all my power in this category. In 85 kg I had to adjust a lot and maybe this is why I hurt my hand. In 91 kg I feel at my best, most optimal shape.
This season you may meet the current World Champion Clemente Russo from the Dolce & Gabanna Italia Thunder. What do you think of that prospect?
Sure I know him and we talk sometimes. All fighters are tough, there are no easy opponents. Russo does not punch a lot, but his style is very uncomfortable to fight against, he is very skillful and he has a huge level of experience. I’m going to try and beat him, having a lot of respect for him.
Do you think that you can beat him?
Sure I can.
Is the change to ten categories a good one?
For me definitely. I compete now in my right weight division. Velasco for example fought in 75 and he was facing guys with 80 kg so naturally he was losing. His natural weight category is Welterweight (69 kg).
Tell us about the Argentina Condors squad for this season?
It is a much better squad than the last season, more compact, more experienced boxers and bigger number of boxers. But we will need to be very focused as we still lack depth in some categories. But that how it goes. We feel confident and are fully supported by FAB (Argentinean boxing federation), we feel like a team and we have everything we need.
What did the Condors learn last season? Did you grow as a boxer?
I grew a lot as a boxer in the WSB, and thanks to that experience I was seeded 2nd in the World Championships. WSB boxing style is more difficult and harder than AOB. Fighting without headguards and during 5 rounds take more out of you.. You have to consider many things, know how to fight with various strategies, learn to adapt fast. You have to pace yourself, be smart. One punch can define a WSB fight.
What are the objectives of Condors for this season?
To become WSB Champions.
But that’s a difficult objective, Any other objectives? Last time, you classified to the playoffs. This time this is the minimum objective?
No, there are no minimum objectives. We want to be the Champions. Me and the boys we plan to smash everyone. Velasco, Carrasco, Bravo, Ghiglione, Fernandito Martinez, Melian, Castano. Nobody wants to fight us, everybody is afraid of us. The Argentinean boxer is the best in the world. That’s how I see it.
…Like we said. Latin passion.