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Boxing World Cup: A Cross Over Five?

Two years after giving up the effort, Cuban Julio César La Cruz could win his fifth title and become the second holder of the most titles in world


Two years after giving up the effort, Cuban Julio César La Cruz could win his fifth title and become the second holder of the most titles in world boxing championships.

The double Olympic monarch tried at the Yekaterinburg 2019 event, but only reached bronze in his last foray in a light heavyweight category that he dominated in Baku 2011, Almaty 2013, Doha 2015 and Hamburg 2017.

Now he aspires to fight in Belgrade, from October 25 to November 5, and if he defeats the demands of the technicians, determined to reward the good form of the chosen ones, he would have another opportunity to enhance his record in universal championships.

Recently crowned as a cruiser in the Tokyo 2020 party under the five rings, La Cruz will be able to assimilate one more kilogram of body weight, as the International Boxing Association (Aiba) moved the limit of his division from 91 to 92, in which he already showed total ease.

Obtaining the belt would place him one of those minted by his compatriot Félix Savón, who leads that list with the six accumulated between Reno 1986, Moscow 1989, Sydney 1991, Tampere 1993, Berlin 1995 and Budapest 1997, all at 91 kg.

If he climbs to the center of the podium in the Serbian capital, Julio would break his current equalizer with another Cuban, Juan Hernández Sierra, in whose showcases the 1991, 1993, 1995 and Houston 1999 gold medals appear, always at 67 kg.

Reaching the latter is the dream of Lázaro Álvarez, the first candidate among the island’s lightweight ones to reiterate his presence in an instance that saw him rise to the top in Baku 2011 (56 kg), Almaty 2013 (60 kg) and Doha 2015 (60 kg) .

His disputed setback in the 2019 confrontation “cost” him to remain on a list of 10 three-time champions also made up of Teófilo Stevenson, Roberto Balado, Adolfo Horta, Mario Kindelán and Odlanier Solís.

The Bulgarian Serafim Todorov, the Romanian Francisc Vastag, the Chinese Zou Shiming and the Azeri Magomedrasul Medzhidov are also part of that relationship, to which the light welterweight Andy Cruz, leader in Hamburg 2017 and Yekaterinburg 2019, will try to add.

Among the others eligible to join the team of the most successful country in confrontations of this type is Yosbany Veitía, who visited her in 2017 and this time he would fight at 54 kg if the strategists call him up.

Belgrade, home to the second version of these meetings in 1978, will see the premiere of the 13-category format recently approved by the Aiba leadership, in need of avoiding arbitration scandals in the midst of its serious dispute with the International Olympic Committee.