(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Five newly minted U.S. champions will take the ring for the USA Knockouts on the opening weekend of the 2015 World Series of Boxing season. Saturday’s showdown of the Americas will feature a match-up between the lone United States squad and the Argentina Condors in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kanas), bantamweight Fernando Martinez (Dallas, Texas), light welterweight Tyrek Irby (Oxon Hill, Md.), middleweight Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.) and heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) will all compete in opening day action at the Stadium of Argentina Boxing Federation.
Tonight’s match will be the first World Series of Boxing competition for Hernandez, Martinez and Irby who recently won their first elite national championship at the WSB and World Championship Team Trial in Chattanooga, Tenn. Hernandez will open WSB action in a bout with the Condors’ Junior Zarate while Martinez and Irby face the host team’s Elias Nahuel Gonzalez and Lucas Gimenez respectively.
Both Campbell and Temple have competed in World Series of Boxing competition previously and the pair will return to WSB action in bouts with Kevin Caceres and Brian Suarez in their 2015 season openers.
The U.S. squad traveled south to Buenos Aires in Wednesday and has been getting acclimated to their surroundings in preparation for Saturday’s competition. Coaches Edward Weichers (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Patrick Barry (Las Vegas, Nev.) will lead the USA Knockouts in the opening match of the 2015 season.
Competition will begin at 7 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT) and can be viewed via live stream at www.aibaboxingtv.com.
WSB is the only global, team competition where national teams go head-to-head in a league format. Developed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), this unique competition brings together the best Olympic-style-boxers in an exciting team format. Sixteen teams will compete in the fifth season of the global competition in two groups of eight with the top three teams qualifying for the playoffs.
The 2015 season of World Series of Boxing will mark the beginning of international qualifying with 17 spots up for grabs, the most ever in WSB competition. Two Olympic berths will be granted in the flyweight (112 lbs) through light heavyweight (178 lbs) divisions and one boxer in the light flyweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight classes will qualify for Rio de Janeiro.
The second half of the USA Knockouts squad will compete on January 24 in a home match in Miami, Fla.
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USA Knockouts vs. Argentina Condors Line-Up
Light flyweight/108 lbs: Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas vs. Junior Zarate, ARG
Bantamweight/123 lbs: Fernando Martinez, Dallas, Texas vs. Elias Nahuel Gonzalez, ARG
Light welterweight/141 lbs: Tyrek Irby, Oxon Hill, Md., vs. Lucas Gimenez, ARG
Middleweight/165 lbs: Anthony Campbell, Covington, Tenn., vs. Kevin Caceres, ARGHeavyweight/201 lbs: Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo., vs. Brian Suarez, ARG