Erislandy Savon, Rolando Acebal and Javier Ibáñez were honored with three major awards instituted recently by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
Savon, a cruiserweight, was proclaimed the Fourth World Series’ best competitor, where he won eight fights, becoming the leader of Cuba’s Domadores team and garnering praise among specialists from various countries.
Acebal was recognized as best coach after leading the team in a stellar premiere, surpassing forecasts thanks to a strategy focusing on collective work and developing young talent. With 63 wins and 18 losses the Cuban team led their qualifying group comfortably, and dominated the finals.
The recognition of featherweight Ibanez reflected his success in the World Juvenile Championship and the Youth Olympic Games.
A statement released by AIBA indicated that the awards will be presented on November 24th, in the South Korean city of Jeju, at the closing of the women’s world championship.
Digital Granma Internacional, November 5, 2014