Cuba wins seven titles at Independence Boxing Cup
The ten Cubans participating at the Independence Boxing Cup underway in Dominican Republic have won seven gold medals.
Two-time Olympic Champ Guillermo Rigondeaux won his 90th consecutive fight since 2003 on Tuesday to win his division (54 kg), reports Granma newspaper.
Rigondeaux won against Puerto Rican Mac Joe Arroyo 26-11.
In the semifinals the day before, World Champion Yordenis Ugas lost to
Dominican Jonathan Batista 24-15.
Cuba's losses on Tuesday came against two Brazilians and a Dominican. Idel Torriente lost 27-18 to David de Souza (57 kg), Gibelson Silva beat Robert Alfonso 27-19 (91 kg+) and Yampier Hernandez lost to Winston Montero 27-17 (48 kg).
The island's wins were in the 51 kg, Yoandri Salinas over Juan Carlos Payano (Rep. Dom.) 22-17; 64 kg, Inocente Fiss over Felix Diaz (Rep. Dom.) 37-33; 69 kg, Erislandis Lara over Pedro Lima (Brazil) 35-34; 75 kg, Emilio Correa over Glaselio Abreu (Brazil) 32-17; 81 kg, Yusiel Napoles over Washington Silva (Brazil) 26-18; 91 kg, Osmay Acosta over Rafael Lima (Brazil) 15-11.
The results of the tournament held in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic indicated that Brazilian boxers are improving in preparation for the Pan American Games to be held in Rio this year and the Cuban fighters can ill afford to be over confident.
After returning to Havana, Rigondeaux, Fiss and Corre will travel to Buenos Aires for the Pan American Games qualifying rounds. Other upcoming boxing events include the 2nd ALBA games and the Simon Bolivar Cup in Venezuela, European matches, and a tournament in Camaguey, Cuba.