Cuban La Cruz named best amateur boxer of America in 2013

Cuban olimpic Champion Julio Cesar La Cruz

HAVANA, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) — Cuba’s Julio Cesar la Cruz in the category of 81kg was chosen on Wednesday by the American Confederation of International Boxing Association as the best fighter in the continent in 2013, the second time in his career, Cuba’s news agency Prensa Latina reported

La Cruz stood out for achieving his second title in amateur boxing at world championships last October in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan for going undefeated through 25 fights.

The boxer, born in the eastern city of Camaguey, also dominated the Golden Belt of Romania and the Havana tournament “Cordova Cardin”, besides debuting victorious at the fourth World Series and amounting five national titles.

This is the second time that La Cruz won the hemispheric award after getting it in 2011 for his first title in a world championship, conquered in Baku, Azerbaijan. And in that same year, the Cuban boxer also won the gold at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

With this new distinction, Cuban fighters continue to dominate the hemisphere scepter of amateur boxing since it was established by the Confederation in 2009.

Concerning the women’s sector, the annual laurel of the region fell on the Dominican Yenebier Guillen (75 kg).