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Five For Friday: Boxing

By Paul D. Bowker | March 25, 2016, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Carlos Balderas (L) was the first boxer to qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.

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The USA Knockouts boxing team is in Aguascalientes, Mexico, this week to take on the Mexico Guerreros in a World Series of Boxing event on Saturday.

The competition is one of six World Series of Boxing events for the Knockouts, who have won two of their previous four matchups this year. Included in those wins was a 4-1 victory over Mexico on Feb. 5 in Miami.

The Knockouts and Guerreros are tied for second place in Group B.

Ardreal Holmes, a welterweight, is coming off a TKO victory for the Knockouts in their match earlier this month in London.

Carlos Balderas, a lightweight who has qualified for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games; Antonio Vargas, a flyweight who won a gold medal in the 2015 Pan American Games; Jonathan Esquivel, a light heavyweight; and Brandon Lynch, a super heavyweight, won matches in the previous USA-Mexico meeting.

Each World Series of Boxing event consists of bouts in five weight classes.

The Knockouts will finish out their schedule against Morocco on April 1 in Miami.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.