Having eliminated the Astana Wolves in the VI World Boxing Series, the British Lionhearts team knew that their clash with Cuba would be a very different affair indeed.
The Cubans, as they had demonstrated in the Uzbekistani capital Tashkent, were in great shape.
In addition to which, the fact that British team did not field its best fighters, meant the recuperation of their title they had lost last year to the same Kazaks, was a foregone conclusion.
Although the Lion Hearts semi-final victory ensured the Island would have to wait for another day for sweet revenge, they only managed one victory in their confrontation with Cuba.
The remainder of the bouts ended in very emphatic triumphs indeed.
Yoahnys Argilagos (49kg) was the only Cuban who had to work to overcome Galal Yafai and even though it was a 3-0 result, the bout came down to the last round.
The performance by the Cuban Tamers was greater than their title crowning, because they took it with outright victories in both the quarter and semi-finals and with just one defeat in the finals.
That translates into a close to perfect 29 wins and only one defeat, a feat that will be almost impossible to repeat going forward.
Given the proximity of the Olympics and the strategies implemented to confound the opposition as a result, the Cubans did not come up against the toughest competition, but they did a good job nonetheless.
Arlen Lopez (75kg) who closed the campaign with 6 wins, all within five rounds and evoking hopes of the top of the Rio-2016 Olympic podium, deserves a special mention.
Following their most unexpected victory over the Astana Wolves, the Lionhearts had hoped to do the same to the Tamers, champions of the IV Series.
The Britons best hopes lay with heavyweight Frazer Clarke (4 wins and no defeats in the series), who had knocked Leinier Peró out with a blow to the abdomen in their last fight.
On their return to Havana, the tamers were welcomed by Antonio Becali, president of the Cuban Sports Institute, who congratulated them on their win.
He said that it reflected the sacrifice and conscientiousness with which the team had prepared. He nonetheless asked them not to rest on their laurels, because the title they had just conquered was in preparation for the Olympics, the most important competition of the year.
He assured them that were now very well set for a great result in Rio.
Triple world champion and team captain Lázaro Álvarez, recognized that he and the other members of the team had done very well to re-take the crown they had lost in last year’s campaign.Share on FB Share on TT