Cuban boxers had mixed fortunes in finals at the American Boxing Confederation (AMBC) qualifier for the Lima 2019 Pan American Games as competition concluded in Managua.
A total of 32 nations registered to compete during the 10 days of competition in Nicaragua’s capital city, with quota places on offer for the top eight nations in each category.
Boxing powerhouse Cuba were the only nation to secure a quota place in each of the 10 men’s weight categories, although they qualified no female fighters.
Julio César La Cruz, a four-time International Boxing Association (AIBA) world champion and Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist, unsurprisingly emerged as one of the winners.
The Cuban eased through to the men’s 81 kilogram light heavyweight final, where he earned a unanimous points victory against Ecuador’s Carlos Mina.
Reigning world champion Andy Cruz Gómez triumphed in the men’s 64kg light welterweight division, while flyweight Yosvany Veitía, heavyweight Erislandy Savón and super heavyweight newcomer Dainier Pero won their respective divisions.
Reigning middleweight Olympic champion Arlen López was unable to match his team-mates achievements, as the Cuban suffered a 3-2 split decision defeat to the United States’ Islay Troy.
Cuban lightweight Lázaro Álvarez, a three-time world champion, lost his final in the same manner against the Dominican Republic’s Leonel de los Dantos.
Podio +91 kg #ClasificatorioJuegosPanamericanos /top list of Panam Games Qualifiers 1. Dainier Peró (CUB) 2. Cristian Salcedo (COL) 3. Darwin Rodríguez (NCA) y Richard Torrez (USA) @AIBA_Boxing @DomadoresCuba @FECOLBOX @USABoxing https://t.co/82Waqj36Xw pic.twitter.com/WgafX9iXQ5— AMBC - American Boxing Confederation (@AMBCBoxing) April 11, 2019
The Dominican Republic secured nine men’s quota places, with the nation only missing out in the over 91kg super heavyweight event.
Hosts Nicaragua and the United States would secure quota places in each of the five women’s divisions.
Flyweight Virginia Fuchs and lightweight Ellis Rashida were the two gold medallists for the US in the women’s events at the qualifier for Lima 2019, an event due to take place between July 26 and August 11.
Cuba finished the competition as the most successful nation with five of their boxers topping the podium.
The US and the Dominican Republic ended with four and two gold medallists respectively, while Argentina, Canada, Colombia, and Panama each had one victor.
Boxing is one of the 39 sports on the programme.
A total of 10 men's weight categories and five women's will be contested.