Olympic and universal medalists will highlight in the match between the Cuba Domadores and the Uzbek Tigers agreed for this Friday in Havana´s Sports City Coliseum for a ticket to the semifinal of the 7th World Series of Boxing (WSB).
Forced to make up the 2-3 away loss they suffered last Saturday in the C-1 format, the local team, defending leader, will make use appeal of its stars Roniel Iglesias (69 kg) and Julio Cesar Cruz (81), Olympic monarchs in London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016, respectively.
Their rivals, Shakhram Giyasov and Bektemir Melikuziev, were both runners up in Rio Olympics, the latter lost there to Arlen Lopez in the 75 kilos division.
In the 52 kilograms, Yosbany Veitía and Jasurbek Latipov will hold a fight between world medalists, only that the first achieved it in the version of Qatar 2015 and the Asian boxer did it in the one of Almaty 2013.
Others who know what to win medals in world events is will be involved in the bout in more than 91 kilos, as the hosts will depend on the bronze medalist in Milan 2009 Jose Angel Larduet, then in 81 kg, while the Asian side enrolled in Bektemir Melikuziev, who ranked third two years ago (Qatar 2015).
Meanwhile, the triple world champion Lazaro Alvarez (60) will have a less demanding opponent in Elnur Abduraimov, who is the current Asian runner up.
Cubans need to win 4-1 to get a 6-4 aggregate balance, but if winning 3-2, this would lead to an extra bout in over 91 kilos between Yoandry Toirac, Veracruz 2014 Central American champion, and Mirzobek Khasanov.
That same day, the Colombia Heroicos will receive the Italy Thunder, which won at home 3-2 in the C-1 format, and the winner in that other semifinal will face the winner of the match between Domadores and Tigers.