#WSBV Day 12 – Commanding Cuba Domadores and Masterful Mexico Guerreros meet in Havana09 April 2015
Season IV Champions Cuba have won all of their eleven fixtures in this campaign, while the Mexican Franchise are on a six match winning streak.
While there is plenty of team glory to be had, there is also individual success ahead for many fighters appearing, as this is the penultimate match for these weight classes in the Regular Season.
With Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification in sight for those competing in this fixture, the concentration levels and hard work will be at an all time high.
Ciudad Deportiva, La Habana is the venue for this Group A clash, where on Friday 10th April fans across the world can watch the action free, live and on demand from 20:30 (GMT -4) at AIBABoxingTV.com.
Cuba’s Yosbany Veitia is the number one ranked Flyweight (52 kg) in WSB, and will qualify for Rio 2016 if he defeats Mexico’s fourth ranked Orlando Huitzil Ahuatl.
Veitia is 5-0 this season, and is six points ahead of Puerto Rico’s Jeyvier Cintrón Ocasio who is his nearest rival.
The Cuban is also eight points ahead of third ranked Brent Venegas III, and his Mexican opponent, which means if he succeeds here then nobody will be able to catch him in the last match of the Regular Season.
Orlando Huitzil Ahuatl is a very tough competitor however, and is on a three fight winning streak with his lone loss a split decision defeat against Vasiliy Vetkin.
Mexico’s exciting star knows that if he loses then his Olympic dreams are all but over, so the opening match of the night is one of the most important of the entire WSB weekend.
5-0 Cuban Lightweight (60 kg) Lazaro Alvarez sits second in his weight class rankings three points behind Albert Selimov, but crucially four points ahead of Algeria’s Reda Benbaziz.
A victory for Alvarez against Mexico’s 0-1 William Zepeda Segura will ensure that his destiny remains in is his own hands ahead of the last match of the Regular Season.
Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo is a current Olympic Games gold medalist, but the Welterweight (69 kg) has lost his last two WSB matches.
The 2-2 fighter faces another tough contest this week with Mexico’s 1-0 Héctor Andrés Reyes Anguiano his opponent.
Julio Cesar La Cruz has been one of the most dominant boxers in Season V of WSB, and the Domadores is on course to qualify for Rio 2016 through WSB.
Ranked joint-first at Light heavyweight (81 kg) after five straight victories, La Cruz is level on points with Italian Valentino Manfredonia and two points ahead of third ranked Croatian Hrvoje Sep.
He will meet one of his toughest opponents of the season in Havana, as Ecuador’s 2-0 Carlos Mina takes to the ring.
Mina has won both of his matches at home this season, but the entertaining Guerrero will have no fears in fighting the two-time AIBA World Champion away.
The last fight of the evening is at Super heavyweight (91+ kg) where third ranked 4-1 Lenier Eunice Pero battles 2-1 Mexican Edgar Ramirez.
Although Eunice Pero is unlikely to reach Rio 2016 via WSB due to only one Super heavyweight quota and the imposing form of Filip Hrgovic and Joseph Joyce, the Cuban must win to maintain any hopes of qualifying, and to help his Franchise defeat the mercurial Mexican team.