Cuba's youngest team member, current Youth Olympic Games winner and AIBA Youth World Champion Robeisy Ramirez, who will be celebrating his 18th birthday only later this year, fought Dominican Republic's World Combat Games silver medallist Dagoberto Aguero for the Flyweight title. By winning in the final, Ramirez secured his nation's fifth gold medal after dispatching of his rival by s large margin of points, 24:10. With both boxers born in 1993, there is a good chance this rivalry could last for years to come.
In the men's Lightweight final, another Cuban, 22-year-old AIBA World Championships silver medallist and Panamerican Champion Yasnier Toledo fought Brazil's World Military Games winner Robson Conceicao in a spectacular fight in Guadalajara. Following an intense first round, Toldeo boxed to new levels in the second on way to a stylish win over his Brazilian rival 16:11.
Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist Carlos Banteur from Cuba showcased all of his skills at the Panamerican Games this year. The 25-year-old Welterweight athlete did not give too many chances to Mexico's former AIBA Youth World Champion Oscar Molina. Banteur ensured his nation's seventh gold medal after winning 20:13 with an excellent excellent final round.
22-year-old current AIBA World Champion Julio Cesar de la Cruz followed up his great victory over Ecuador's Carlos Gongora in the semi-finals with an impressive display in the Light Heavyweight final. The Cuban team captain met Brazil's Yamaguchi Florentino Falcao, who has three international tournament victories this year. Cruz was too strong and too fast as the Brazilian could not prevent an eighth Cuban gold in Guadalajara.
The only final without any Cuban representatives was the Super Heavyweight contest where Ecuador's youngest team member, 18-year-old Panamerican Champion and Youth Olympian Italo Perea fought against Mexico's Juan Isidro Hiracheta. The young boxer from Guayas led 9:4 after the first three minutes and secured Ecuador's only gold medal when he overpowered his rival 20:13.
In the women's Flyweight category, Canada's 24-year-old three-time Panamerican Champion Mandy Bujold defeated Colombia's South American Games bronze medallist Ingrid Valencia 11:5. Bujold ensuring in the process a second Canadian gold medal after compatriot Spencer's final victory. Valencia recorded however the best ever Colombian achievement by a female boxer in competition history by winning silver.
Puerto Rico's 22-year-old three-time Panamerican Championships bronze medallist Kiria Tapia fought a great battle with Mexico's National Olympiad winner Erika Rosalba Cruz in the Lightweight division. The Puerto Rican boxer broke the hearts of the host nation's supporters as she claimed gold in the last bout of the 16th Panamerican Games by winning against the local hero 22:12.
Copyright © 2010 AIBA http://www.aiba.org