World Boxing: Cuba Took Almost All

Lemay Padrón Oliveros Havana, Jan 1 (Prensa Latina) World Boxing (non profesional) saw in 2016 the return of its prodigal son in the last 40 years, Cuba.

After a crisis that left her without the reign in the Olympic Gamnes and World Series, in this campaign the greater of the Antilles conquered almost all titles.

The throne of the globe Cuba had recovered it at the end of 2015 in Doha, Qatar and in 2016 came the World Series (WSB), and the youth world championship, besides touching the Olympic.

To the summer competition organized in Rio de Janeiro, Cubans arrived as ample favorites, after winning four world golds and the reign of the WSB, but nothing was easy.

The crownings of Robeisy Ramirez (56 kilos), Arlen Lopez (75) and Julio Cesar La Cruz (81), plus the bronzes of Joahnys Argilagos (49), Lazaro Alvarez (60) and Erislandy Savon (91), put Cuba in second place of the general board of medals.

Uzbekistan reigned in Rio with the golds of Hasanboy Dustmatov (49), Shahobiddin Zoirov (52) and Fazliddin Gobnazarov (64), the silvers of Shahram Giyasov (69) and Bektemir Melikuziev (75) and third places of Murodjon Ahmadaliyev (56) and Rustam Tulaganov (91).

The Uzbek resurgence was also seen in the WSB, where the Tigers dominated in the first group, but later they were defeated without its main figures in semifinals before Cuban Tamers.

In Cuba, last June, its Tamers crushed in the finals of the 6th Edition of the WSB the Lionhearts of Great Britain, nine to one, at the Sports Complex of Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

A great surprise in semifinals when the British Lionhearts defeated the champions, Astana Wolves from Kazakhstan, leaving only one triumph to the monarchs of the4th Series, when they only fared well with superheavy Frazer Clarke.

In the final months the Caribbean island also brought triumphs to its people conqujering the first place for countries in the Juvenile World Championship, held in the Russian city of St. Petersburgh.

In all, 11 collective titles in 17 participations fared Cuba, but it could not overpower the two more recent editions, mainly because it could not participate with a complete squad.

This time, under the direction of coach Esteban Cuellar, they traveled to European soil with nine fighters and four of them returned with medals, two gold and two silver.

The champions were Dainier Pero (91) and Osvary Morell (81), who shined to the extent that he was selected the most outstanding boxer of the event, while in finals Jorge Griñan (49) and Elio Crespo (52) lost.

Thanks to the two second places, Cuba won over the United States, also winner of two crowns, as no other country could rise to the top in the Arena Sibur of the ancient Leningrad more than once, where over 400 boxers below 18 coming from 70 countries entered the ring to pursue their dream.

Out of the ring not everything was peaceful, as there were accusations and complaints for the bad performance of referees were present once more.

The International Boxing Association (IBA) emphatically denied there were any irregularity in classifying Olympic tournaments.

However, it seems the IBA had to surrender to evidence and decided to suspend provisionally the 36 referees and judges participants in the Rio Olympics until concluding an inquiry on the subject.

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