HAVANA, Oct. 31 Cuba included five fighters in the final of the V Cologne Boxing World Cup 2023, in Germany, which concludes this Tuesday. Thus, the Island surpassed the number of finalists for the 2022 edition, when it enjoyed two gold medals and one silver medal.
Erislandy Álvarez from Cienfuegos (63 kg), the most experienced of the quintet, led his teammates Jorge Soto (80 kg), Rolando Martínez (57 kg), Nelson Williams (92 kg) and Giovis Salfrán (51 kg).
Álvarez, the silver medalist at the Tashkent 2023 world championship, showed 5-0 superiority against the host Assan Hansen. Salfrán was better (5-0) than the Mongolian Aldarkhichig Battulga and Williams than the Australian Ikenna Enyi (5-0).
Martínez imitated them, by defeating the Mongolian Kharkhuu Bilguunsaikhan by unanimous decision of the judges, in a fight that closed the Cuban performance this day in the event hall of the Maritim Hotel Colonia, with a capacity for more than a thousand people.
“Soto did not need to go into the ring today, since he guaranteed his presence in the final because his opponent, the German Delil Dadaev, did not pass the medical examination,” the head of the delegation and coach Robinson confirmed to JIT. Poll.
The other fighters in the delegation, Adonis Bell (+92 kg), Karen Cantillo (54 kg), Melani de la Caridad Girado (57 kg) and Juliannet Díaz (60 kg) lost in the preliminaries and watched the bulls from the sidelines.
In the 2022 edition, Cuba won gold medals with Lázaro Álvarez Estrada (63.5 kg) and Yoenli Hernández (75 kg), and silver with Rafael Joubert Simón (60 kg). He placed second in the men’s competition, after Germany.