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Cuban First Pan Am Boxing Champion Dies

Cuban boxer Chocolatico Pérez.Santiago de Cuba,  Sep 1.- One of the greatest Cuban boxers ever Roberto Caminero Pérez, "Chocolatico Pérez", was buried this Wednesday in this eastern Cuban city.

Chocolatico Perez, as he was known in Cuba in a clear homage to the greatest Cuban boxer before the Revolution “Kid Chocolate”, was born in Santiago de Cuba on April 27, 1945. In the Sao Paolo 1963 Pan American Games Chocolatico won the first gold medal, in the 60 kilogram division, at this kind of event for Cuba.

In the 1966 Central American and the Caribbean Games, held in Puerto Rico, the Cuban boxer was clearly stripped from his gold medal and upon his arrival in Cuba, Revolution leader Fidel Castro presented him with the “Medal of Dignity”

He represented Cuba in other boxing championships like the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games and the 1962 Central American and the Caribbean Games.

Chocolatico, a humble person despite his achievements, devoted the rest of his life to teach and train the new generations of Cuban boxers.

He was buried at the Sport Glories Pantheon at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, in Santiago de Cuba. (ACN)