World Boxing after Gender Equality

A few days ago, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made public that boxing in the Olympic Games Tokío-2020 will grant 13 medals, just as its two previous editions, but this time only eight for men, and five among women.

After gender equality, boxing joins the rest of summer sports, where the participation of women equals that of men, to eliminate all the differences seen throughout history.

In this regard, the number of women categories will reach five now, although the weights in which they will participate aren’t decided yet, neither those to be eliminated among men.

Personally I support women boxing, but I don’t think the formula to do so is the right one. I find it fairer, and just equitable that instead of reducing the number of categories for men boxers, it decreases the number of boxers by weight.

Therefore allowing all boxers the chance to reach the Olympics. It’s true it’d be more difficult to win a place for the Games, but the opportunity it’s there, while the other way leaves out a large number of good boxers.

IOC’s main concern is to achieve the gender equality without damaging the number of contestants, hence the costs for organizers, but with this second variant which Cuban boxing authorities want to present at the AIBA Congress, and it would improve quality, because in the preliminary rounds many mismatched combats take place.

If this variant does not succeed, which according to experts, women will have two more medals in their goals and men two less. Hence it’s more than necessary to promote the practice of boxing among women worldwide.

What is Cuba doing about it? Well practically nothing, is still being "studied" the participation of women.

La Cruz, the doctor of boxing

The nickname suits him down to the ground, because few like him are so talkative, as much with the press, the executives or the general public. Julio César La Cruz is a danger on the ring…

But outside the ring he has that cheerful temper, which distinguishes kind-hearted people.

It was one of the characteristics that led him to become not only the captain of the Cuban boxing squad, but also the Captain of captains of El Cerro Pelado, the most important High Performance center in Cuba, with influence over the rest of the leaders in the different sports.

Often, when we meet each other there comes out his knowledge on the sports world, beyond the art of fists, and I would like to share that aspect with CubaSi’s readers:

Today, I want to talk about other topics, but let’s start with boxing, how do you see yourself and the team for the final stages of the World Series?

"In my case, I could win my first bout, which is weigh-in. The leader pulls his teammates, and that’s my mission; should I am focused they’re too, because we achieve all aims united. All bouts are difficult, and although they finish 3-2, it’s a victory; so it is in all sports, even 1-0 is a victory, and that’s the main thing."

What do you think about Victor Mesa’s appointment as manager of Industriales?

"Víctor Mesa is a great strategist. In my opinion he is among the best in Cuba. He hasn’t crowned himself champion, but Messi is considered the best too and he hasn’t won a World Cup. This is going to be a very good opportunity for him, I am sure he’ll give a good show, together with other new managers, such as Orestes Kindelán, Pedro Luis Lazo, etc."

I have seen you as fan in other sport shows, what other sports do you like?

"I get on well with sports in general; my thing is to make sport win. Generally speaking, we have a complex task, the Central American Games in Colombia, where we must give our best in the work day by day, and perseverance will lead us to victory and thus to keep the first place overall.

Why are you a fan of Pinar del Río?

"Since I used to play baseball in my childhood, my idols were Omar Linares, Faustino Corrales and others from Pinar, and I always followed them. Personally, I am a friend of Donald Duarte, and when I arrive in Pinar del Río, I am treated like a Pinar del Rio local, as if I were Roniel Iglesias or Lázaro Álvarez".

But, what about Camagüey?

"Watch out for the “Bulls” from Camagüey, who have a good young pitching, and a captain focused on his task. Now, with the opportunity given to him to play abroad, Alexander Ayala is going to lead them to victory. They qualified for the tournament last year and this time their performance will be better".

This is Julio, also self-confessed fan of Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, a faithful sports lover. When he is not on the ring, one can see him like any other fan in the crowd, cheering for Pinar del Rio or Camagüey, either in baseball or basketball.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff


Cuban Boxer Wins Gold in Pan American Sports Festival

The cruiserweight Frank Sanchez defeated host Brandon Olvera and achieved the gold medal for Cuba boxing squad at the Pan American Sports Festival, led by Mexico, which won five titles of possible nine. Sanchez, who participated in 2010 World Youth Championship, thus reached his third win in the contest as he had previously beaten Ecuadorian Julio Castillo and Colombian monarch of America Deivis Julio.
Cuba also achieved bronze medals through welterweight Reinier Palacios and light welterweight Jorge Moirán.
The super heavyweight Yoandry Maceo was the other inscribed by Cuba and he lost in his debut against American Cam Awesome, continental runner up.
Mexico took advantage of its local status and inscribed boxers in all divisions and won five crowns headed by light flyweight Joselito Velazquez, who defeated in the final Colombian Yerbejen Martinez.

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