U.S., Cuba Set For World Series of Boxing Tilt in Havana

(ATR) The U.S. and Cuba open their World Series of Boxing quarterfinal match on Friday, one week later than anticipated.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22:  A general view of York Hall prior to the World Series of Boxing between the British Lionhearts and Mexico Guerreros at York Hall on March 22, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: A general view of York Hall prior to the World Series of Boxing between the British Lionhearts and Mexico Guerreros at York Hall on March 22, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

The United States and Cuba will face off in the first leg of their World Series of Boxing quarterfinal match on Friday, one week later than had been originally anticipated.

The 16,000-seat Ciudad Deportiva in Havana will host the opener, which will feature fights in five weight classes between the Cuba Domadores and the USA Knockouts.

The match was originally scheduled to get underway last Friday in Miami, but issues with the boxing authorities in Florida forced the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to alter the schedule.

Instead, the Cuban leg will take place first, followed by the United States leg on Saturday, April 12 at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire.

"After four seasons in the U.S. market, we are delighted that another state and another city have expressed their interest in hosting a WSB event," said WSB CEO Karim Bouzidi.

"We are convinced that Rockingham Park will offer the perfect setup for this mouth-watering match and we are sure that the boxing will match perfectly this legendary venue."

Friday's night matches in Havana will take place as follows:

Flyweight (52kg)

Gerardo Cervantes (Cuba) vs. Eros Correa (USA)

Lightweight (60kg)

Lazaro Alvarez (Cuba) vs. Luis Martin Arcon Diaz (USA)

Welterweight (69kg)

Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo (Cuba) vs. Gabriel Maestre (USA)

Light Heavyweight (81kg)

Emilio Correa (Cuba) vs. Michel Borges De Souza (USA)

Super Heavyweight (91+kg)

Yoandi Toirac (Cuba) vs. Mohamed Sallah (USA)

Written by Nick Devlin

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