Boxing requires more presence in Europe to raise Olympic level

Without looking for excuses, something more is missing for Dominican boxing in order to reach an Olympic level. It is enough to see the route o

Without looking for excuses, something more is missing for Dominican boxing in order to reach an Olympic level.

It is enough to see the route of the rivals who faced the Dominicans, where very few were even.

And it is that boxing is European. Without a doubt. It is admitted by the coach of the Dominican team, Armando Hernández. “For one to have results, one has to base training in Europe,” he says.

“Those people stayed in their competition and almost all of our fights were with world champions and European medalists. The boys did what they could ”.

Let’s see the rivals of the seven Dominicans. Bakhodur Usmonov (Tajikistan), who beat Leonel de los Santos 4-1, is 2-0 as a professional and in 48 fights as an amateur 32-16. The Dominican is 3-0 as a professional and 42-16 as an amateur.

Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom (India), rival of Miguelina Hernández, who lost 4-1 (8 world medals, six gold, one silver and one bronze; one Olympic bronze, five golds in Asian championships and one gold and bronze in Asian Games .

Rodrigo Marte fell to Tetteh Sulemanu (Ghana), silver at the African championships and gold at the Games of the Economic Community of West African States.

Bobo-Usmon Baturov (Uzbekistan) beat Rohan Polanco 4-0. Silver winner at the 2019 World Cup, gold at the 2018 Asian Games and two golds at the Asian Championships (2019-2021).

María Moronta defeated Myriam da Silva (Canada), a Pan American silver medalist (2019) and lost Oshae Jones, gold in the Pan American Games in Lima

The Russian Albert Batyrgaziez, who beat Alexy de la Cruz 5-0 in the round of 16, is champion of the European qualifying tournament and is also 3-0 as a professional and at the same time beat Duke Ragan (USA) in the final. 3-2 to become the first professional boxer to win gold in Olympic history.

Eury Cedeño, who beat (technical knockout) Eldric Sella (Venezuela / EOR), in the 16th round, and Argentine Daniel Verón (3-2), both without great trajectory. Verón is 3-0 in professionalism and in amateur he arrived with 18-9 against the Dominican. But when he came to Oleksandr Khyzhniak (Ukraine) from whom he lost 5-0, he ran into a world gold medalist, gold and bronze at European Games, gold at European championships and gold at the World Junior Championships. The Ukrainian won Olympic silver.

“You have to be in Europe, that’s where boxing is strong and most of the judges and referees are from those countries and are adapted to their boxing style, not ours,” added Hernández.

Boxing had a brief training base in Russia, but against African teams and a Venezuelan one.

More is needed. “The (Dominican Boxing) Federation and we are analyzing, that from now on we have to make more presence in Europe, in the year, to be two to three times in Europe preparing,” added the coach.