Cuba strikes first on Tashkent

The start of the 22nd World Boxing Championship from a seat at the Humo Arena in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, couldn’t have been better for the Cuban discipline team attending the fight, as the franchise added its first win on the tour, which will run until May 14. .

For the Tamers, Cienfuegos’ Saidel Horta was first on the board in the opening round of the featherweight division, 54-57 kilos. There, without apparent difficulties, he beat his duty opponent, the Belarusian Maxim Pankov.

The young local boxer, new to this level of competition, will return to the ring next Friday to face Trinidad’s Anthony Joseph.

This Tuesday there will be a presentation dedicated to the Antilles delegation of the three-time world champion Lazaro Alvarez (63.5 kg), who will fight in gloves with the Mexican Donovan Morales; before that, Nelson Vaillant from Camagüey (86 kg), rival of Daniel Guzmán from the Dominican Republic, makes his debut.

Cuba arrived in the Uzbek city with a team of 13 boxers, a group that intends to increase the Greater Antilles’ medal count in World Cup competitions, where our country is the top winner with a historic cumulative total of 80 gold medals. 35 silver and 28 bronze.

To do this, he will have the performance of his main figures in the ring, led by Julio Cesar La Cruz (92 kg), who is striving for a feat: his sixth world title. Next to him are the experienced and always reliable Roniel Iglesias (67 kg) and Arlen Lopez (80 kg), both twice Olympic champions.

To this powerful trident, who we will not see in the first round, because he was among the “seeded” in the draw, was added the current king of the 75 kg weight category, Yoenlis Hernandez (also approved by the draw system) and another one who Yosbani Veitia (54 kg) already knows what it means to rise to the top of the World Cup podium. He and Pinar del Río’s Alvarez seem to be among the top draws of the squad, which will once again follow the orders of coach Rolando Asebal.

The rest of the team is made up of Alejandro Claro (48kg), Erislan Romero (51kg), Erislandis Alvarez (60kg), Jorge Cuellar (71kg), Nelson Williams (86kg) and the 2021 youth championship bronze. world championship Fernando Arzola (+92 kg).

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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