Camagüey, Oct 17 – Heavyweight Julio César La Cruz, of Cuba, became the fourth boxer born in Camagüey province to win a gold medal at a World Amateur Boxing Championships, after having defeated Kazakh Adilbek Niyazimbetov in the last bout of AIBA World Championships recently held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Such a result is an illustrative example of the high quality that the boxers born in Camagüey have had throughout the years. The best example could be that of legendary Adolfo Horta who did it so three times, in three different weight classes: 54 kg in 1978, 57 kg in 1982 and 60 kg in 1986.
Other world champions were Carlos García, 63 kg, and Bernardo Comas, 75 kg, who won the gold medal in Munich (Germany) 1982.
Julio César La Cruz’s success has stemed from a continued dedication to this rigorous sport, getting over some health problems which even threatened his own career as a boxer.
With total dedication and an iron-cast spirit, the young boxer became the captain of Cuba’s national team, a promotion he knew how to dignify by winning the gold medal in the recent AIBA World Championships.
The next international competition for the Cuban boxers is the Pan-American Games which were inaugurated on Friday in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Three boxers of Camagüey will be defending the colors of the Cuban flag in the main continental quadrennial sports event. Julio César La Cruz will be accompanied by World Championships silver medalist Yasniel Toledo (60 kg) and Super heavyweight Leinier Eunices Perot, who is considered a young gem of Cuban boxing.
The boxing competition in the capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco will be held at Expo Guadalajara arena, from October 21 to 29, and of course Cuba will show the high quality in this sport, Camagüey-resident boxers will play a major role in that. (Luis Florencio Rodríguez/Radio Cadena Agramonte).