WSB: Venezuela, Russia celebrate victories

WSB 27/02/2016

Following their narrow defeat to Argentina Condors in Buenos Aires back in Week 3, Venezuela Caciques were eager to redress the balance on home soil on Friday night, and did so in grand style with a devastating performance against their South American rivals.

The Vargas boxing fans were out in force and able to celebrate a memorable 5-0 win that puts the Caciques second in Group C with just two preliminary-stage matches to go.
The hosts’ 2014 National Flyweight Champion Jesus Rojas had little international experience going in to the opening bout against Condors’ Junior Zarate, but his patient approach paid off, launching attacks from solid defensive positions and ultimately landing some incisive combinations in the fourth round that tipped the judges’ decision in his favour to give Venezuela the lead.

Southpaw Victor Rodriguez once again showed his impressive combative spirit as he battled Condors’ Elias Gonzalez into the corners and took a flawless unanimous win in the evening’s second bout, before Caciques’ Maifer Lopez put the match beyond the visitors’ reach with a comprehensive display against Argentine light welterweight Lucas Ivan Gimenez. The crowd roared into life as soon as Lopez had his opponent on the canvas in the first round, from which point he never looked back, delivering a spectacular win for his side.

At 3-0 up, that left Caciques’ big-name middleweight star Endry Saavedra to take a unanimous win against his old rival Christian Zarate for the second time in two seasons, before Alfonso Flores completed the rout in style against Argentina Condors’ Dario Alcapan, sealing an excellent night for the Venezuelans that puts them in strong contention for a place in the knockout stages.

Impressive Russian Boxing Team coasts to 5-0 win over Argentina Condors in Buenos Aires

Following two tight away wins so far in Season VI, Russian Boxing Team cemented their position at the top of Group C on Friday night with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Argentina Condors. Now four points clear at the top and with three home matches to come, the Russian franchise looks in control of the group, with the Condors’ chase for second place starting with a tough return match in Moscow at the start of April.

Condors’ Christian “La Joyita” Roda had enjoyed a remarkable win over Venezuela’s Yoel Finol in Week 3, but the flyweight was up against veteran Viacheslav Tashkarakov, standing in for Ovik Ogannisian and keen to prove a point. Tashkarakov was the livelier of the two in the opening rounds and it was only as the tie wore on that Roda came back in to contention, by which time the judges were already in agreement and the Russian was awareded the bout.

Another stand-in for the visitors, Artur Subkhankulov, proved equally effective in place of Gabil Mamedov at lightweight, and though Condors’ Brian Nunez came back into the bout in rounds three and four, the Russian had produced some smart boxing early on. Subkhankulov deservedly earned the European giants a 2-0 lead, which then became an unassailable 3-0 after welterweight Maximiliano Ocampo’s brave effort against the brilliantly accurate attacks of Albert Karibian came to an end.

Russia’s 2015 AIBA World Championship bronze medalist Pavel Silyagin was in no mood to compromise in the heavyweight bout, his long reach repeatedly finding the target against a resilient Sergio Lebensztajn. The Argentine did well to fend off his opponent for long stretches, but some brilliant combinations in the fourth round tipped the balance in Silyagin’s favour. The whitewash was completed by walkover after the hosts’ veteran Facundo Cesar Ghiglione was unable to compete in his scheduled super heavyweight bout with Iaroslav Doronichev, leaving the Russian franchise in a commanding position with three matches left of the preliminary stages.