Tokyo Olympics: Cuba wins another boxing gold after Julio La Cruz win in heavyweight final


Tokyo Olympics: Cuba wins another boxing gold after Julio La Cruz win in heavyweight final

Cuba already has 13 medals at the Tokyo Olympics.

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New Cuban exhibition in the ring of the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

This Friday, Cuban boxer Julio La Cruz took the gold medal after beating Russian Muslim Gadzhimagomedov in three rounds.

The Cuban completed a risky combat, almost provocative. Arms lowered, he invited his opponent’s throws and then evaded them with his quick reflexes.

Then, at the slightest crack, he took out accurate slaps.

The judges awarded their strategy and they gave him the match on points unanimously (5-0). Without discussion.

Julio La Cruz and Muslim Gadzhimagomedov after the end of the fight.

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There was no discussion. A resounding victory for the Cuban fighter.

La Cruz, 31 years old and a native of the eastern province of Camagüey, came as a favorite and with many credentials in his favor.

He had been gold in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and four times world champion in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Another top medal could fall for Cuba if lightweight boxer Andy Cruz, who went to the final also this Friday, wins the final fight against American Keyshawn Davis next Sunday.

With the gold from La Cruz, Cuba obtains its 13th medal: six gold, three silver and four bronze.


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