XVIII Pan American Games - Lima 2019 - Boxing - Men's Light Heavy 81kg Final - Coliseo Miguel Grau, Lima, Peru - August 1, 2019. Cuba's Julio La Cruz Peraza reacts with his gold medal.
LIMA (Reuters) – Cuba landed the golden punch in the Pan Am Games boxing ring on Thursday, rolling out a lineup of Olympic and world champions to fight their way up the medal table.
Men - Gold - Medal - Thursday - Card
Of the five men’s gold medal bouts on Thursday’s card, Cuba had fighters in all of them and, led by stylish light heavyweight Julio Cesar La Cruz, grabbed four golds and a silver.
Cuba started the night with six golds but finished on 10, vaulting over Argentina and Colombia into fifth place on the medal table, with more titles likely to come with four boxers going for gold on Friday.
Men - Bout - Pan - Am - Competition
The only men’s bout at the Pan Am competition not to feature a Cuban in the final is Friday’s light flyweight contest, where Colombia’s Yuberjen Martinez Rivas will face Puerto Rico’s Oscar Collazo for the gold.
There are few sports Cubans are more passionate about than boxing. The country’s fighters are heroes and their achievements a source of immense national pride.
Burden - Cuban - Boxer - Ring
That is the burden every Cuban boxer carries into the ring with them.
“We are the best in the world,” said lightweight champion Lazaro Alvarez, who like many Cuban fighters dedicated his medal to Fidel Castro and the people of the island nation.
Lot - Pressure
“We are always ready to do our best. I feel a lot of pressure because you are always preparing to compete and you don’t know if can go wrong.
“There is a lot of tradition...
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