Gold that had an owner

If we Cubans, who followed the events of the XXII World Boxing Championship, believed in the result, it was the result of Yoenlis Feliciano Hernandez, who arrived at the Humo Arena in Tashkent, flaunting his status as the current universal monarch.

The man from Camaguey did not disappoint and on Saturday, during the first final poster of the fight, which will end this Sunday in the Uzbek capital, he once again demonstrated that he is the master of the world in the middle division (75 kg), having an overwhelming 5-0, from Brazilian Wanderlei Pereira.

It was the second time the Antillean fighter had taken a victory over the South American, as already in the Belgrade version two years ago, Hernández thwarted Pereira’s aspirations for a medal by defeating him in his first presentation. This time, Criollo’s quality was evident throughout the fight, in which he dominated, showing excellent technique and confidence in his combos.

With this triumph, the boxer from the Greater Antilles gave our country the first and only gold medal won by the Tamers in Uzbekistan, while only one poster remained in which he will fight for the title of Saidel Orta (57 kg), the only representative of the Creole squad on the day closing.

This is taking into account the fact that none of the Cuban athletes who entered the ring this Saturday to compete for gold medals achieved their goal, clearly inferior to the experience of their rivals on the board.

In the case of Erislandy Alvarez (60 kg), it is worth noting that she showed signs of boxing talent, which, as could be seen in the televised broadcast of the trial, earned praise even from Sofiane Omich himself, an Olympic silver medalist who could be to be seen as he exchanges words with the coaches from Cienfuegos, minutes after he was declared the winner of the fight against the Cuban and where he settled for his third world crown.

The Frenchman was even forced by the novice boxer to change his strategy, as the Cuban more than won the first round. The final result of the bout, which split the judges’ votes 4-1, speaks for itself about Erislandi’s excellent performance in what was her World Championship debut.

For his part, Fernando Arzola (+92kg), another Cuban Tamer called up to fight for the championship belt, was heavily overwhelmed by local Olympic champion Bakhodir Jalolov, to the point that the technical team led by Rolando Asebal decided not to send him to fight in the second round, citing a blunt blow that the Uzbek landed on the man from Santiago almost at the moment the gong rang before the first round, and which left the Cuban in a very bad light.

After the diadem of Joennlis and the subtitles of his compatriots, plus the bronze laurels that fell on the neck of Alejandro Claro (48 kg) and Yosbani Veitia (54 kg) from Spirit, all of Cuba is waiting for the performance of our representative in the Pen division, who is called upon to fight the enemy with weapons in his hands , as well as the Uzbek Abdumalik Khalokov, the current vice-champion of the world.

Source: Juventud Rebelde


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