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Jan Paul Rivera and Yankiel Rivera could attend the Boxing World Cup

Jan Paul Rivera and Yankiel Rivera top the list of fighters that the Puerto Rican Boxing Federation will consider en route to the AIBA World Champi


Jan Paul Rivera and Yankiel Rivera top the list of fighters that the Puerto Rican Federation will consider en route to the AIBA World Championship that will begin on October 24 in Belgrade, Serbia.

José “Chicky” Laureano, federative president, explained that the athletes who could participate have been identified.

“We have a list of athletes who will be evaluated by a technical committee that will present recommendations to the Federation. The boys have until Monday (October 11) to decide, ”said Laureano.

Jan Paul Rivera reported his availability to come to Serbia for the event despite having signed a contract with a representative to manage his career in rented boxing. He made the caveat that he first wanted to participate in the AIBA World Championships.

Yankiel Rivera, for his part, has not yet decided if he will choose to make the leap to professionalism.

This year, AIBA will offer prizes of up to $ 100,000 for a gold medal in each division for the first time.

“That’s fine. Whenever there are awards like that, it adds to the motivation of the athletes in addition to the medal. A cash prize is good, ”said Laureano.

Yankiel Rivera, who was the only Puerto Rican boxer active in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is also under consideration to go to Serbia. (Ramón “Tonito” Zayas)

Although the AIBA World Championships will not qualify for the next Olympic Games, Laureano noted that they will award points that will serve for the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

“They have not yet defined the requirements to qualify for the 2024 Olympics, but at the World Cup they will give points,” he said.

On the other hand, the Women’s World Championships will be in December in Turkey.

“There is no exact date yet, but we have also identified the atheists such as Ashleyann Lozada, Kiria Tapia, Melody Vargas and Stephanie Piñeiro,” said Laureano.

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