OLYMPICS Cuba claims third boxing gold at Tokyo Olympics


Cuba claims third boxing gold at Tokyo Olympics


14:53, August 06, 2021

Cuba's Julio La Cruz celebrates after winning against Russia's Muslim Gadzhimagomedov after their men's heavy (81-91kg) boxing final bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo on August 6, 2021. (Photo: AFP)

TOKYO, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Cuban boxer Julio La Cruz defeated Muslim Gadzhimagomedov of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in the men's heavyweight final here on Friday, adding the third boxing gold for Cuba at Tokyo 2020.

The Cuban won the bout on a unanimous decision 5-0.

In the first round, Cruz, three-time Olympian and Rio light heavyweight gold medalist, outpunched his opponent and got four 10-9 favorable scores from five judges. The last two rounds turned to a cat and mouse game when Gadzhimagomedov barely got close to Cruz who moved faster.

New Zealand's David Nyika and Brazil's Abner Teixeira shared the bronze.

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