Heavyweight (91kg) Erislandy Savon (L) Cuba Domadores vs Abdulkadir Abdullayev (R) Azerbaijan Baku Fires
Heavyweight (91kg) Erislandy Savon (L) Cuba Domadores vs Abdulkadir Abdullayev (R) Azerbaijan Baku Fires.  Photo: worldboxingseries.com

HAVANA TIMES — The Cuba Domadores semi-pro boxing team won the title in their debut season, with a razor thin 6-5 victory over the Azerbaijan Baku Fires that concluded on Saturday reported the World Series of Boxing website.

The first leg of the WSB finals took place on Friday with the Cubans winning three of the five bouts.

Saturday saw the tables reversed and Azerbaijan won three fights to tie the series at 5-5, paving the way for a tie-breaker bout between welterweights Azerbaijan’s Yauhemi Ramashkevich and Cuba’s Arisnoydis Despaigne.

The tournament was the first time that Cuban boxers fought semi-pro and without the familiar amateur boxing head gear.

To make it to the finals the Cubans defeated the USA Knockouts in the quarterfinals and the tough Russian team in the semifinals.

For more on the entire competition see the WSB page.


2 thoughts on “Cuba Wins WSB Boxing Championship

  • The great Tefilo Stevenson sadly no longer with us, but triple gold medal heavyweight champion at the Olympics – Mohamed Ali won it once, would have been proud of the members of the team and their achievement. The US not unusually let itself down when Cuba competed against them this year in the USA. although parading Old Glory and playing their own national anthem with the Cuban team standing to attention, the US did not play the Cuban national anthem. This display of bad manners to guests in the country only serves to illustrate why others develop contempt for the US – not necessarliy because they support left wing politics but because they believe that common courtesy is important. it reminds me that when the USA abbsented itself from the 1980 Moscow Olympics they claimed that if they had participated they would have won the mens 100 metres which was won by a Scot – incidentally the last white man to do so. The following year at the world championships with the boastful Americans competing who won? the same Scot!

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