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12/07/13 - EastsideBoxing.com - WSB: Cuba 50 Russia: Domadores still unbeaten 

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 7, 2013 - We have seen the Cuban's boxing
before, but ask yourself this: How many times have you seen them boxing at
home? Never of course in the WSB, but extremely rarely even in AIBA Open
Boxing (AOB) events unless you are extremely lucky. We often speak about
the tremendous home advantage enjoyed by teams like Dolce & Gabbana Italia
Thunder and Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, but this was something we have never
seen before.

If you thought the Cubans looked good on the road, then you will have been
stunned by watching them in La Havana where they looked absolutely
invincible in front of an enormous and vocal crowd, with the Light
Flyweights (46-49kg), Bantamweights (56kg), Light Welterweights (64kg),
Middleweights (75kg) and Heavyweights (91kg) all showcasing their craft.

Bout of the match Erislandy Savon won an important final bout against the
veteran Russian boxer Vitaly Kudukhov. The Russian who has fought in all
three previous seasons of the WSB and has wins over the likes of current
WSB number 2 ranked Heavyweight Filip Hrgovic of the Astana Arlans
Kazakhstan and a TKO win over Chouaib Bouloudinats of the Algeria Desert
Hawks. Kudukhov entered the ring with a record of 6-4 but Savon is not the
Pan American Champion for nothing. The Russian having taken a beating in
round one, adjusted his approach and started to close with his opponent and
turn it into a scrap. He used spoiling techniques that were very ugly but
nonetheless tactically exactly what was needed. The match wasn't the most
beautiful of the evening, but because of the experienced Russian's tactics,
it was possibly the most competitive.

Boxer of the match It was going to take a spectacular performance to knock
Yosbany Veitia off the top slot for this category tonight (see below). Yet
Luis Ramon achieved just that at Middleweight. The tall southpaw was
sublime against Andrey Efremenko of the Russian Team. He was extremely
economical in the ring and smooth in his movements. His evasion skills were
incredible. He basically boxed the entire 5th round with his hands by his
sides. The Russian was just unable to get near him for much of the bout,
while the Cuban's own punching repertoire was excellent. Luis barely seemed
to get out of second gear and his showmanship and mobility was reminiscent
of a young Muhammad Ali. All in all it was a perfect boxing display, the
kind of performance that young fighters dream about. To give credit to his
opponent, Efremenko was willing to chase the bout and in no way backed down
from the classy Cuban.

The turning point Although this was only the first bout, such was its
impact psychologically that the Russian team were completely unable to
respond thereafter. World bronze medallist Yosbany Veitia looked
outstanding at Light Flyweight. He was so confident against Bator Sagaluev
that he boxed with his hands down for most of the time. The Russian boxer
was able to catch him for this every now and then, but nothing came close
to bothering him. Veitia took to the centre of the ring with the confidence
of a world class master of the sport. He looked so good in the ring and his
jabs seemed so sharp that it looked like he could have beaten anyone in the
world last night.  Yosbany took his personal record to 2-0 and you have to
wonder if there are many out there who are capable of beating him this

Fact/Stat of the match Over 14,000 people came to watch the first ever
Domadores match. That set a new WSB record. The crowd were good natured and
highly vocal meaning that Havana will be an extremely difficult place for
teams to visit if the country's boxing fans continue to rally around their
boys in this way.  On a side note, Erislandy Savon got a knowing cheer of
approval from the crowd when he chose to volt over the top rope in the
manner formally used by his six-time World Champion and three time Olympic
gold medal winning uncle, Felix Savon.

Quote of the match "Well he's a bit special isn't he, this Luis..." - The
Commentator sums up the skills of our boxer of the match nicely.

Wrap up Elsewhere at Bantamweight, Marcos Forestal fought a tight match on
his WSB debut with Mukhammed Shekhov in which the Cuban number two pick had
to work hard to battle past the Russian. Shekhov however was unfortunate
not to come away with more and now goes to 0-4 in the WSB following a cut

Luis Oliva was extremely lively at Light Welterweight against Radzhab
Butaev of Russia in a bout where both boxers picked up a warning for
various misdemeanours. This was possibly the most high octane bout of the
evening between two WSB debutants, but it was Oliva who came away with the

Coming up next It's the big one! The Cubans head to Almaty to take on
defending champions Astana Arlans Kazakhstan in what will be their toughest
match of the season so far - some of the clashes will be absolutely epic!
Meanwhile the Russians are hosting the WSB bad boys, the Azerbaijan Baku
Fires who are on something of a roll. It will be another tough night in
Russia in a match for third place.

Catch up!  Don't miss out on anything with our new service
AIBABoxingTV.com!  Highlights are provided with commentary shortly after
each match so that you can keep up with the season as it unfolds.

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