Cuban boxers stage victorious professional comeback
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Six members of Cuba's "Los Domadores" national team easily overcame their opponents -- five Mexicans and one Colombian -- at the Friday night gala in the central city of Aguascalientes.
The two-time Olympic champion won by knockout one minute and 40 seconds into the second round against Colombian Deivis Casseres.
Cuba has long been a powerhouse of Olympic boxing, but participation in professional sport was barred by the late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro in 1962.
The Cuban Boxing Federation said before Friday's contest that the fighters would be allowed to keep 80 percent of the salary owed to them for each fight.
Four Olympic medalists made their professional debuts in Mexico, including three-time world champion Lazaro Alvarez, along with two-time Olympic champions Roniel Iglesias and Arlen Lopez.
Lopez knocked out Mexico's Fernando Galvan just one minute and 34 seconds into the first round.
The Cuban squad was rounded out by world champion Yoenlis Hernandez and super featherweight Osvel Caballero.
All the Cubans won by knockout except for Alvarez, who beat his Mexican competitor Francisco Mercado by unanimous decision.