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Cuba wants to maintain its dominance in Pan American Games

The Cuban team will seek to maintain its historical dominance in boxing at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, a sport that will distribute medals in ten categories in the men’s branch and in three in the women’s category.
The fights will take place between July 18 and 25 at the Oshawa Sports Center, located about 60 kilometers east of the city of Toronto.
In men, medals will be in dispute in the categories of light fly (from 46 to 49 kilos), fly (52 kilos), rooster (56 kilos), light weight (60 kilos), light welterweight (64 kilos), welterweight (69 kilos) ), medium weight (75 kilos), light heavy (81 kilos), heavy (91 kilos) and super heavy (more than 91 kilos).
Cuba intends to at least match the harvest of eight gold medals from the Guadalajara 2011 jousts in the same ten categories in which it will compete in Toronto 2015.
One of the main cards of the island and a great favorite to take the gold is the Olympic champion in London 2012, Roniel Iglesias, who will fight for the gold in welterweight.
Iglesias competed four years ago at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara and easily obtained the gold metal, this time in the light welterweight category.
Two other Cubans who aspire to repeat the gold medal four years later are Lázaro Álvarez, Julio César La Cruz and Yasnier Toledo.
Of these, only La Cruz will defend the medal at the same weight (light heavy), as Álvarez and Toledo rose one seat to light and light welterweight, respectively.
The Cuban supremacy in 2011 was only broken by the Ecuadorian Ytalo Perea, who took the gold in the super heavy category, and by the Mexican Joselito Velázquez, winner of the gold medal in light fly.
The Ecuadorian will not be present in Toronto, but the Mexican Velázquez will compete to defend his light fly champion title.
Other countries will also present high-level opponents such as Costa Rican David Jiménez (fly) and Venezuelan Gabriel Maestre in welterweight, while the Canadian hosts do not want to be left behind and bet to surprise.
With an experienced team in the Pan-American arena, Cuba aspires to remain in the elite, although host Canada hopes to give the odd surprise.
In the women’s branch, Canada intends to endorse what it achieved in the jousts four years ago when it won two of the three golds in dispute.
In Toronto 2015 the same categories of Guadalajara will be played, which are flyweight, light and medium. EFE

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