Cuban boxers are waking on the gold path at the Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru, where they won four of five possible titles on the first day of final competitions.
Lightweight Lazaro Alvarez won the first gold medal for Cuba after beating the Dominican boxer Leonel de los Santos by 3-2 at the Miguel Grau Coliseum. In statements to Prensa Latina, Alvarez described his Dominican opponent as a technical boxer with resources, whom he defeated with intelligence and a well-planned tactic. The second gold medal for Cuba went to welterweight Roniel Iglesias, who defeated Rohan Polanco, from the Dominican Republic, by 3-2. I leave Lima happy with my victory and third win over the Dominican boxer, and this medal was much expected by the Cuban people, especially my wife and son, he noted. Cuba's third gold medal in boxing went to semi-heavyweight Julio Cesar La Cruz, who beat Brazil's Keno Marley Machado by 5-0 in the finals of the 81-kg division and won his third Pan-American title. La Cruz dedicated his victory to his mother and Cuban fans, the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro; President Miguel Diaz-Canel, and all those who supported him to win here and along his sports career. Cuba's fourth gold medal went to super-heavyweight Dainier Pero, who defeated Colombia's Cristian Salcedo by 4-1 in the +91-kg division. Butterfly Yosbany Veitia lost to the Dominican boxer Rodrigo Marte by 1-4 and won the silver medal. This medal means a lot to my sport career, as I have reached the finals three times at Pan-American Games, that is a great achievement for any athlete in the Americas, he noted.