By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
Yesterday, Saturday, November 13, the Cuba team of boxing who attended the 21st edition of the World Championship of the sport of fists, held at the Stark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia and won the contest with three gold and two bronze medals, participated in an international cap held in the Dutch city of Rotterdam and added the surprise defeat of his star fighter Andy Cruz.
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According reported In his Twitter profile, the popular sports journalist Hernández Luján, the evening was reduced to only four fights between Cuban, Ecuadorian and Dutch fighters, due to the health measures taken at the headquarters due to the increase in positive cases of the pandemic.
Of the eight Cubans who arrived in Rotterdam, all participants in the World Cup in Serbia, only four climbed into the Dutch ring and three of them came out through the wide door, with the aforementioned backhand from Matanzas Andy Cruz as the only mark in the defeats box .
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The 71 kg from Pinar del Río, Roniel Iglesias, eliminated in his first World Cup match, beat the Dutchman Tony Jas; the Camagüeyan and brand new world title holder in the 75 kg world, Yoenlis Hernández, passed over Cas Van Peer from the Netherlands, while the captain of the squad and also from Agramontino, Julio César La Cruz, beat the Ecuadorian Julio Castillo, (medalist silver at the 2019 Yekaterinburg World Cup) in the 92 kg fight, a division in which he won gold in the recently concluded universal event. All the successes of Cuba were by unanimous decision of 5-0
In the case of Andy Cruz, world gold medalist in Serbia and chosen as the best fighter of the contest, he did not receive a favorable verdict from the judges and fell to the Dutch local Delano James by split decision, in a fight agreed to a limit of 67 kg, more than Andy’s weight. However, according to the President of the Cuban Boxing Federation, Alberto Puig de la Barca, the Creole deserved the victory in the fight, according to Hernández Luján.
Andy “started the fight overconfident and gave in two of the three rounds”, required a post from the Jit website, in the most media fight of the World Port Boxing, as James is an idol of Dutch boxing while Cruz is, for many, the best Cuban boxer and one of the best pound for pound on the planet.
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In the coming days, the Cuban boxing squad will return to the island after a journey of more than a month through Europe and Asia, in which they held preparation stops and participated in the aforementioned event in the world.