ATLANTA — Heavyweight Felix Savon, the pride and power of the Cuban boxing team, won his opening bout in decidedly unspectacular fashion early Sunday morning at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Amid rumbling that the Cuban fighting machine is slackening in depth and quality, Savon, a five-time world champion and 1992 gold-medal winner who is used to winning by commanding scores, was tied, 1-1, after the first round with Andrei Kumyavka of Kyrgyzstan.
Savon looked sluggish and couldn't land his bread-and-butter overhand right against the plodding Kumyavka early on, but cracked one right-hand blast to open the second, causing the referee to give a standing eight count.
A couple more flurries, and Savon was up, 6-3, after the second round. He won, 9-3, but never truly was in command.