The Cuban Domadores gave last night a sample of their strength and quality by crashing their Russian opponent at the Havana Sports City and became the first qualified to the final at the Fourth World Series of Boxing.
Both teams reached the second round of their semifinal with a score of 3-2, but the Cuban hosts were optimistic. In six home presentations including the play off against the U.S. Knockouts they showed to be undefeated, winning other five fights, with only two lost against the Azerbaijan Baku Fires.
Hence the Russians needed to win the initial fight ion order to at least try to break that dynamic. But it was in vain.
With Misha Aloian, far from his best form after surgery, they had to use in the 52 kg the left hander Ovik Ogannisian, bronze medalist at the last European Championship, but with much less competition. The Cuban Leodán Núñez took his chance to get a vote majority (50-45, 49-46 y 50-45), although he left the ring bleeding the day of its debut.
A result that presaged the inevitable Cuban victory, a mere matter of time, as the two times world champion Lazaro Alvarez (56 kg) had no difficulty in imposing in this category, to get his sixth victory of the event against the national champion Konstantin Bogomazov ( 50-45 , 48-47 and 49-46 ).
And the Olympic champion Roniel Iglesias (69 kg ) gave judgment against another London 2012 medalist , the bronze winner Zamkovoi Andrei, who endured Iglesias´ as much as he could, but could not overcome in any round his extraordinary fighting style (49-46 , 50-45 and 50-45) .
Julio Cesar la Cruz (81) and Jose Angel Larduet ( +91 ) gave other wins to the Cuban fans against Aleksander Khotyantsev (for triple 50-45 ) and Magomed Omarov (48-47, 48-47 and 47-48.
So Domadores go to discuss the title during the last weekend of the current month and today they will finally know their rivals.
The Baku Fires receive the Kazakh Astana Arlans in Cuba Olympic Complex, seeking to define other semifinal (2-3), with the fights Elvin Mamishzada vs. Iliyas Suleimenov (52 kg) Albert Selimov vs. Samat Bashenov ( 60) Yauheni Ramashkevich vs. Manat Omerzakov (69), reinforcing the Belarus team appear Mikhail Dauhaliavets vs. Croatian Hrvoje Sep (81) and Haji Murtuzaliyev vs. The big Filip Hrgovic ( +91 ) plus Teymur Mammadov and Adilbek Niyazymbetov (81 ) in case a tiebreaker is needed.