Iglesias Wins Light Welterweight Gold at the London Games

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Roniel Iglesias has gone from third to first at the 2012 Olympic Games

The 23-year-old Cuban fighter won the men’s boxing light welterweight (64kgs) gold medal at the London Games on Saturday with a 22-15 win over Ukraine’s Denys Berinchyk, earning Cuba’s first Olympics boxing gold in eight years.

Roniel Iglesias
Mongolia’s Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg and Italy’s Vincenzo Mangiacapre won bronze medals.

Iglesias, the 2009 world champion, improved on the bronze he won at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing with a solid display.

“Today is the most important in my whole career,” said Iglesias “Without my family I could not achieve this victory. They will be so proud and I dedicate this to them.”

Roniel Iglesias
Iglesias deserved the title after showing consistency throughout his match en route to the final, including his 18-15 win over Brazil’s world champion Everton dos Santos in the Round of 16.

With some quick jabs and solid head shots, the Iglesias took the first round 5-4, having knocked Berinchyk down, and he maintained his work-rate to take the second 6-5.
Roniel Iglesias

Berinchyk was out-classed in the third as Iglesias upped the pace and finished by taking the round 11-6 to take gold, giving Cuba it’s first boxing gold at this year’s games after the traditional amateur power failed to win a gold in Beijing

Álvarez’s Run Ends with Boxing Bronze at the London Games

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Lázaro Álvarez Estrada won’t get the chance to fight for gold at the 2012 Olympic Games

The 21-year-old Cuban boxer—the reigning world champion and top seed in the men’s bantamweight draw at the London Games—suffered a 19-14 loss on Friday to Ireland’s John Joe Nevin, who will now face Great Britain’s Luke Campbell in Saturday’s gold medal match.

Lázaro Álvarez Estrada

Álvarez will have to settle for bronze, since all boxers who lose in the semifinal round are awarded bronze medals at the Olympics.

Meanwhile, Álvarez’s compatriot Yasnier Toledo Lopez will also have to settle for bronze.

The 22-year-old Cuban fighter lost to the Ukraine’s Vasyl Lomachenko in the semifinals of the men’s light 60kg category.

But Cuba isn’t out of the running for boxing gold completely.

Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana will fight Mongolia’s Tugstsogt Nyambayar for gold in the men’s flyweight division, while the gold medalist in the light welterweight class will be determined in a match between second seed Denys Berinchyk of the Ukraine and Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo, who earlier in the tournament knocked off top-seeded Everton dos Santos Lopes of Brazil.