Confirmation in the elite for Cuban boxing

Reigns in Tokyo 2020, the world championship and the I Junior Pan American Games consolidated the winning tradition of the so-called Flagship of Cu

Reigns in Tokyo 2020, the world championship and the I Junior Pan American Games consolidated the winning tradition of the so-called Flagship of Cuban Sports

Although its Olympic and world reigns would have been enough to establish itself as a Flagship of Cuban Sports, boxing added other important pages to its service record in the year to end.

Any attempt to count has to go through remembering the conditions in which the arrival to the appointment was forged under the five rings, marked by the ghost of the COVID-19 prevailing since 2020, which limited international friction and damaged the distribution of quotas .

The first of those realities weighed in a special way on Arlen López and Julio César La Cruz, who lacked the optimal competitive preparation to meet alleged rivals after climbing from 75 to 81 and from 81 to 91 kilograms, respectively.

In the midst of this panorama, the journey through Germany, Mexico and the Netherlands was key, enhanced by the six-round fight poster that left seven wins and a draw against professionals gathered in the city of Aguascalientes, in the country of the Aztecs.

Then the demonstration of his pupils became a clear message about the balances of the work displayed by Rolando Acebal and his group, nuanced by adjustments adjusted to the most contemporary trends in sports training.

In short, America did not organize a qualifying contest, the places were assigned by ranking and Cuba agreed to seven of the eight claimed, which increases the value of its four titles in Tokyo, including those of Arlen and Julio, also monarchs in Rio de Janeiro 2016.

The others who reached the top in the Japanese capital were Roniel Iglesias (69 kg), who reissued a joy lived in London 2012, and Andy Cruz (63 kg), in charge of sealing the perfect task of his squad in the final disputes disputed there .

The harvest was completed with the third consecutive bronze of Lázaro Álvarez (60 kg) in those jousts, which meant that only Yosbany Veitía (52 kg) and Dainier Peró (+91 kg) returned home without a medal.

Its postponement made Tokyo 2020 a prelude to the world championship, an unprecedented fact that once again put to the test coaches willing to apply innovative actions without giving up the essence of the school they continue to do.

The confrontation came three months after the last bell heard on Tokyo soil, it was welcomed by Serbia and released the 13-category format approved for those events.

Cuba had eight men after four casualties caused by the pandemic and another by personal decision, but still raised three scepters in another impeccable final, contributed by the consecrated Julio (92 kg) and Andy (63.5 kg), and the novel Yoenlis Feliciano Hernández (75 kg).

Two other debutants, Osvel Caballero (57 kg) and Herich Ruiz (86 kg), won third seats, while Kevin Brown (67 kg) received praise despite being at the gates of the podium, something unexpectedly also happened to Lázaro (60 kg) and Roniel (71 kg).

It was known that it was difficult to combine the fitness of those who covered the road to Tokyo and the calls to the ranks lacking that strength, but the wisdom of the experts deserved good marks in that other exam and the supremacy exercised in the main Serbian city rose to 12 those minted by Cuba in such settings.

A stay in Uzbekistan marked by profitable sparring It complemented the training sessions organized at the national school and not even the presence of 13 casts with exponents in all the weights prevented the celebration of the party ahead of two of those: Kazakhstan (2-2-1) and the United States (2-2-0) .

The discreet golden bath of Yekaterinburg 2019 (1-1-1) was left behind and Julio rose even more with his fifth climb to the universal throne.

But the campaign was not only for the elderly. It began and closed with the prominence of the newcomers.

The youth world championship had actions in the Polish city of Kielce, in April, and the Cuban army took a golden metal and two bronze ones.

Jorge Luis Felimón (91 kg) was the monarch, and Dany Landis Lafós (69 kg) and Fernando Arzola (+91 kg) placed their names among the third-seat occupants.

It is true that six boys were left with the desire to visit the stage, but the preparation was not as desired amid limitations linked to COVID-19.

The compensation of the group headed by Santiago Suárez colored the tournament of the I Junior Pan American Games in Cali 2021, played in the town of Buga: a team made up of seven boys paid four belts, a silver medal and a bronze medal.

The champions were Edwart Marín (52 kg), Kryhztian Barreras (75 kg), Luis Frank Reinoso (81 kg) and Ronny Álvarez (91 kg); the subtitle was held by Jorge Forcades (69 kg) and the number three position corresponded to Adrián Fresneda (+91 kg), mistreated by a horrific referee decision.

The leadership did not go beyond the men’s field, because the United States completed five sashes thanks to what it achieved among the ladies, but it constituted an excellent campaign closure, sculpted by those in charge of projecting themselves into the future.

Almost to conclude, a fact already exposed by colleague Rodolfo Durán: 19 of the 31 Cuban fighters present in the highest-ranking episodes of 2021 won medals, 12 gold.

Hopefully the year to begin will enliven the incorporation of women from the Island to this discipline, while consolidating the alleged insertion of its main men in professional circuits and the reactivation of the local calendar yields the expected results.

Without major global competitions, expectations will continue to focus on what the International Boxing Association achieves to satisfy the International Olympic Committee, which will decide in 2023 if this sport will appear in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games, of which for now it is excluded.