Cuba’s Dainier Peró won gold for the island at the AIBAJunior World Boxing Championships, which concluded September 12, in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.
Competing in the 80 kilogram division, Peró dominated throughout the competition with clear wins in almost all bouts, including his decisive 3-0 victory over Kazakstan’s Khurshedshokh Iskandarov, clinching him the gold.
His compatriot Alexei Rodríguez was unable to match his success, losing in the final of the 54kg against Marc Castro of the U.S., who defeated the Cuban 3-0.
Edel Acosta (60kg) also won a bronze medal for Cuba, the only Latin American nation to compete in the tournament.
Meanwhile gold medals were won by Russia’s Nikita Piskunov in the 52kg division; Daulet Nyssan from Kazakhstan in the 50kg; Russian Ilia Popov in the 48kg and Cosmin Petre Girleanu from Romania in the 46kg.
In other results, Uzbeks Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov and Timur Merjanov were crowned champions of the 57kg and 63kg divisions respectively, while the host country’s Edgard Tcambov won gold in the 66kg.
For its part, Russia won a further two gold medals thanks to Magomedbek Makhmudov and Artem Oganesian, who triumphed in the 75 and 70kg categories respectively, while Mahammad Abdullayev from Azerbaijan took the ultimate title in the 80+kg category.