Carrazana Strikes (Boxing) Gold at the London Games

London Olympics 2012

Following his stellar performance at the 2012 Olympic Games, Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana could be considered a teenage (boxing) dream and the sport’s bright future…

The 18-year-old Cuban fighter beat Tugstsogt Nyambayar of Mongolia on Sunday to win flyweight gold at the London Games.

Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana
After Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo won Cuba’s first Olympics boxing gold in eight years on Saturday, Carrazana’s winning performance gave the country its 34thgold.

Throughout the bout, Carrazana showed a striking display of skill. He sized up his opponent in the opening exchanges before taking a tight first round that proved to be a battle of the left hooks.

Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana
Carranza, who breezed through his draw, soaked up more pressure in the second round, evading much of what was thrown at him to keep his narrow lead going into the last round.

The fight opened up a little more in the last round as Carrazana began flinging and landing left upper cuts, but Nyambayar—who upset world champion Misha Aloian of Russia on his way to the final—could not get through the quick Cuban’s defense.

Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana

Carrazana fell to his knees when the final score of 17-14 was called before dancing around the ring, showboating a little by doing a few push-ups and taking a lap of honor with the Cuban flag.

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

London Olympics 2012

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.