Hield to fight for Mexico at WSB
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Oct 23, 2013
Despite not being able to land a knockout punch or win a medal at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Bahamian welterweight boxer Carl Hield was still selected to fight in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Championships.
Hield will compete under the Mexican flag at the fourth edition of the games. According to Wellington Miller, president of the Amateur Boxing Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB), the series is a semi-professional venture that the governing body for amateur boxing has implemented. Boxers taking part will not lose eligibility and will retain their amateur status. However, they are not permitted to fight with protective headgear and must be bare-chested.
Each participant is drafted by one of the 12 international franchises. Participating teams in this year’s season include the Algeria Desert Hawks, Argentina Condors, Astana Arlans, Azerbaijan Baku Fires, Cuba Domadores, Dolce and Gabbana Italia Thunder, German Eagles, Hussars Poland, Mexico Guerreros, Russia, Ukraine Otamans and USA Knockouts. The boxers’ names and weight classes for all squads will be announced at the end of the month.
Miller said: “We in the boxing community, in particularly the amateur federation, are very happy with his performance. He was able to win his first fight in convincing style, and then led the first round against the hometown boy. The fight was very close, 30 to 27. That tells me that it could have gone either way and that Carl had an outstanding performance. You can see that Carl has found his path. For far to long now he has been in the shadows of Valentino and Taureano.
“I sat Carl down earlier in the year and told him how proud we in the federation are of him, and how important it is for him to lead the younger boxers. Carl is the main man now and has taken over the amateur program just how we wanted him to do. We are so proud of him and the new path he is on now. Him being drafted by the Mexican team shows that he is one to reckon with and well recognized in the world. This is the first time a Bahamian was selected. I felt proud signing the forms allowing Carl to participate. He has truly come a long way and I am sure that he will make The Bahamas proud.”
Three judges have been selected to score the five three-minute round bouts. Boxers will be divided into ten weight classes. The team that wins the most classes is the winner of the meet. Those classes are light flyweight, flyweight, bantamweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight.
The Astana Arlans are the defending champions. They will be fighting out of Group B with the Azerbaijan Baku Fires, Mexico Guerreros, Cuba Domadores and Russia and Hussars Poland. Teams in Group A are the Ukraine Otamans, USA Knockouts, Argentina Condors, Dolce and Gabbana Italia Thunder, German Eagles and Algeria Desert Hawks.