By Jose Alejandro Rodriguez Zas
A total of five Cuban boxers have already secured a bronze medal at the Boxing World Cup held in the city of Cologne, Germany. Namely, three-time world champion Lázaro Álvarez (63.5kg), Belgrade 2021 titleholder Yoenlis Hernández (75kg), and the less experienced Freddy Pérez (92kg), Saidel Horta (57kg) and Rafael Joubert (60kg). ), entered the awards podium at the aforementioned event, as reported by a JIT note.
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As for the two-time Olympic champion Roniel Iglesias (71 kg), he could not appear for his fight due to a treatment he receives in Teutonic lands after being injured in his last fight, while Alejandro Claro (51 kg) was left out of the medals after give up the day before
However, the distinctive note of the most recent competitive day of the Boxing World Cup was the abandonment of the Cuban delegation of two of its representatives in the fight, the cases of Albert González (82 kg) and Carlos Castillo (+92 kg), according to the aforementioned source. Both boxers did not show up for their respective fights and were eliminated.
Castillo had defeated Sabyrgali Amanat of Kazakhstan by a unanimous decision of 3-0 in his first fight, while González would have his debut against the German Ben Ehis on the last day.
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Both boxers born in Havana had been on the rise, and Castillo was even the champion of the most recent Playa Girón national boxing championship, standing out as one of the main heavyweight figures on the island. Meanwhile, González participated in said contest in the 75 kg, but was left out of the medals. (With information from Cubalite)
The two talented athletes are expected to find ways to enter professional boxing from Europe or try to reach the United States where their future could be promising.