SALEM, N.H. – Five bouts were scheduled in the “World Series of Boxing” quarterfinal between the USA Knockouts and the Cuba Domadores on Saturday at Rockingham Park.
Three fights were featured; each team collected one walkover, giving the Domadores the victory.
The bantamweight bout between Cuba’s Marcos Forestal and Ramon Cardenas of San Antonio did not happen because Forestal reportedly defected. Cardenas picked up the walkover victory.
The heavyweight contest between Erislandy Savon of Cuba and Joshua Temple of St. Louis also did not come off because Temple withdrew from the bout for personal reasons. Savon captured that win by walkover.
Cuba’s 3-2 victory on Saturday and its 5-0 win in Havana last week gives the Domadores an 8-2 victory and a spot in the semifinals. The Domadores will face the Russian Boxing Team on April 25 in Russia and May 2 in Cuba.
Marlo Delgado of Quito, Ecuador gave the Knockouts their only win in the ring with a unanimous decision over Yaciel Despaigne of Cuba at middleweight. The scores were 48-47 (twice) and 49-46. There were no knockdowns but Delgado landed the harder, quicker punches throughout the fight.
At lightweight, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Yasnier Toledo of Cuba won a unanimous decision against Carlos Adames of the Dominican Republic. All three judges scored the bout 50-45. Toledo landed the best punch of the fight in the third round when he landed a straight left that drove Adames into the ropes.
Yosbany Veitia of Cuba won a split decision against the Knockouts’ Anthony Chacon of San Juan, Puerto Rico at light flyweight. The scores were 48-47 (twice) for Veitia and 48-47 for Chacon. Veitia knocked down Chacon in the fourth round with a right hook.
In the local amateur bouts, Jose Rivera of Lawrence, Mass. won a decision against Danny Pang of Portland, Maine in a novice bantamweight contest.
Anthony McKenna of Boston won a unanimous decision against John Xafaris of Nashua, N.H. in an open light heavyweight bout.
In another open light heavyweight contest, Miguel Teo of Framingham, Mass. won a unanimous decision against Edmond Worley of Westford, Mass.
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