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Eduardo Beckford with historic triumph for Panama in the Olympic Boxing World Cup

After 47 years since Rigoberto Garibaldi obtained the first victory in a men's Olympic Boxing World Cup, Panama once again managed to repeat this


After 47 years since Rigoberto Garibaldi obtained the first victory in a men’s Olympic Boxing World Cup, Panama once again managed to repeat this achievement through Eduardo Beckford, who yesterday defeated Mohamed Sillah of Sierra Leone by RSC (Referee stops the fight by superiority) in the highest event of this sport that this year takes place in Belgrade, Serbia.

Garibaldi did the feat in the 57 kilogram category of the first World Cup of this sport, which was held in Havana, Cuba in 1974.

In that sporting event, Gabribaldi got three wins. In the first round he defeated Japanese Hideaki Ontsuaka by technical knockout in the second round. Then, in the second round, he beat Canadian Camille Huard on points; and in the quarterfinals he beat Polish Andrzej Jagielski on points.

In the semifinals he lost on points to Russian Boris Kuznetsov, taking one of the two bronze medals that are distributed in Olympic boxing.

Beckford triumph

For his part, Eduardo Beckford, in his first participation in an Olympic Boxing World Cup, managed to beat Sillah at 34 seconds of the third round when referee Valeriu Bandalac, from Moldova, stopped the actions due to the superiority of the Panamanian.

“I wanted to come to a World Cup. I prepared hard and with a lot of discipline I was able to achieve it. He came with the mentality that he had to give it everything, “Beckford said in an interview with the Panamanian Federation of Olympic Boxing (Fedebop) from Serbia.

Beckford stressed that in combat he used his distance and struck with his left hand, with which he has more power.

The Panamanian fighter will return to the shed tomorrow, Friday, October 29, to Jia-Jyun Chiuan Wang, from Taiwan.

Owe coach

But behind this triumph is the great work of the coaching staff of the national team, led by the renowned Cuban coach Jesús Martínez, who is still owed for his work with the Olympic boxer Atheyna Bylon in the past Olympic Games in Tokyo and that prepared the delegation competing in Serbia.

“With the coach Jesús Martínez the improvement of those selected has been seen, so it is necessary that he be paid what is owed,” said Tomás Cianca, president of Fedebop.