Havana, Sep 1.st- Three Cubans will climb to the ring of the Sport hall arena, in the German city of Hamburg, seat of the first semifinal match of the 2017 World Boxing Championship.
In the 49 kilos division, Joahnys Argilagos, current world champion, will face Kazakh Zhomart Yerzhan; then Andy Cruz (64), Pan-American gold medalist, will rival Armenian Hovhannes Bachkov, current European monarch; while the universal runner-up Erislandy Savon (91) will have a very serious contender in Kazakh Vasili Levit, current European king and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist.
Cuba was the country with more boxers qualified to semifinals with seven, followed by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, both with six; that is why the performances of Argilagos and Savon will be essential for the final placing in the standings.
The second semifinal match will be tomorrow and will include the fight of Cuban Yosbany Veitia (52), Doha 2015 global runner up, versus inexperienced Russian Tamir Galanov, and the thrice world monarch Lazaro Alvarez (60) against Georgian Otar Eranosyan, an unknown opponent who surprisingly beat in quarterfinals Uzbek Eidur Abduraimov, current universal bronze medalist.
There will also be in contention tomorrow Roniel Iglesias (69), London 2012 Olympic monarch, vs. German Abass Baraou and the also thrice world champion Julio Cesar Cruz (81) will face Ecuadorian Carlos Mina, who already beat him a year ago.
The grand final will be on Saturday. (ACN)