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Cuban boxer Joahnys Argilagos would have defected in tournament in Tijuana

Cuban boxer Joahnys Argilagos would have defected in tournament in Tijuana
The Cuban Joahnys Argilagos, double world champion of boxing At 49 kilos, he did not appear for the weigh-in at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games qualifying tournament that takes place in Tijuana, sources close to the Organizing Committee of the contest reported today.
These sources announced on Monday the absence of the 21-year-old boxer, bronze in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, who was also silver in the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, and world champion in Doha 2015 and Hamburg 2017.
Argilagos, a native of Camagüey, started boxing at age 10 and at 16 became known as a high-level fighter by winning the 2013 junior world title.
According to sources, he is most likely trying to enter the United States in search of residency to jump to professionalism and try to build a successful career in rented boxing.
«I did not know the news, he is a good fighter but it will be difficult for him to get ahead in the boxing paid because it has the Olympic style marked. He will have to change things, including hitting harder, which is not impossible, but it will require a lot of work, “Mexican Joselito Velázquez, light fly champion of the last two Pan American Games, told Efe.
Velázquez, undefeated in five fights as a professional, beat Argilagos twice in three fights in 2015, including in the Toronto Pan American final and said he wished him success.
The defection of Argilagos left Cuba without the place in 49 kilos for the next Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, to which was added that the flyweight Yosbany Veitía, who left the competition suffering from the flu.
Led by Olympic champions Robeisy Ramírez, featherweight, Arlén López, middleweight, and Julio César La Cruz, light heavyweight, Cuba has already secured with the rest of its boxers in Tijuana eight tickets for the Central Americans and the Caribbean to which it will go as favorites.
The others who earned the pass to Barranquilla are lightweight Lázaro Álvarez, light welterweight Andy Cruz, welterweight Roniel Iglesias, heavyweight Erislandy Savón and heavyweight José Larduet.
Cuba was the main protagonist in the men’s contest of boxing in the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Championships in Veracruz by winning nine out of 10 gold medals and the team’s coaching staff is confident of reigning in Barranquilla next summer. EFE
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