A selection of nine Cuban fighters will take part in the World Cups boxing which will be held in the German city of Hamburg between August 25 and September 2, the island’s media reported today.
The Cuban team will seek to maintain the title it won two years ago in Doha, Qatar, where the Caribbean boxers achieved four gold, two silver and one bronze medals.
Of those seven medalists in the 2015 World Cups, the champions Johanys Argilagos, 49 kilograms, Lázaro Álvarez (60), the medium Arlen López and Julio César La Cruz (81), together with the silver Yosbany Veitía (52) and Erislandy Savón (91).
They are now joined by light welterweight Andy Cruz, Pan American champion, world and Olympic titleholder Roniel Iglesias (69 kg) and Javier Ibáñez (56).
The head of coaches, Rolando Acebal, said that his disciples go with the idea of keeping the 2015 title and pointed out that to achieve that goal it will be necessary to win at least three gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
“Our key men will be the three-time world champions Julio César La Cruz and Lázaro Álvarez,” Acebal said, as quoted by the state-run Cuban News Agency (ACN).
Cuba will not have a representative in the super heavyweights and will have as main rivals Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia, but also boxers from Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
The Cuban franchise Domadores was this year in second place in the VII World Series of Boxing (WSB, for its acronym in English) behind the Wolves of Kazakhstan, who snatched the crown. EFE