A phenomenal climax to the 2015 AMBC American Confederation Boxing Championships resulted in ten exceptional final bouts in Vargas, Venezuela, made truly unforgettable by seven sensational Cuban gold medals. Host nation Venezuela achieved two gold medals in their home games, headlined by an outstanding triumph at Light Heavyweight (81 kg) by Albert Ramirez, who outperformed Cuban team captain Julio Cesar La Cruz.
“I find experience in WSB very useful as I didn’t have the same preparation before comparing to my current condition. Now that I comfortable in five rounds, it’s easier for me fight in three rounds because I have more oxygen and better physical conditioning”, said Ramirez.
The tournament brought together the best boxers of the American continent, each of whom had made their name in AIBA’s three marquee formats of boxing.
“The AIBA Confederation Boxing Championships give millions of sports fans around the globe the chance to witness the greatest boxers from five continents in August and September this year. It is also a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the future World Champions in Doha”, said AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.
”I was really excited to see Vargas host the American Boxing Confederation Championships where the prize is a chance to compete at the biggest event in the 2015 boxing calendar, October’s AIBA World Boxing Championships. After a hugely successful Group Draw of the World Series of Boxing, this shows the growing interest in boxing in Venezuela”.
28 boxers who competed in Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) won medals across every weight category, while a smaller contingent of fighters from AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) also performed with aplomb in the world class event.
AIBA Pro Boxing fighter Robson Conceição achieved perhaps the best result of the entire event when he defeated Cuba’s two-time AIBA World Champion Lazaro Alvarez in an unforgettable Lightweight (60 kg) final.
Conceição’s compatriot and fellow APB boxer Robenilson Vieira de Jesus also achieved a bronze medal in the fiercely competitive Bantamweight (56 kg) division, which was won by 20-year-old Cuban sensation Andy Cruz Gomez who made his name last season in the World Series of Boxing.
Many of Gomez’s Cuba Domadores teammates also claimed gold in Venezuela, including Heavyweight (91 kg) supremo Erislandy Savon and London 2012 Olympic Games winner Roniel Iglesias.
The remarkable medal tallies from both the APB and WSB boxers was incredibly impressive considering they all had to revert to the 3 rounds (x3 min) format after having competed in 8 rounds x3 min and 5 rounds x3min AIBA matches.
Cuba dominated the team standings with seven gold medals and three silvers, while Venezuela and Brazil also achieved gold in the dynamic event.
Besides the established nations of the continent, Costa Rica secured a great medal in the championships.
”Boxing fans enjoyed the chance to see some of the 2015 Pan American Games champions in action again so soon after success in Toronto, and as well as big names from nations like Cuba, Venezuela and Brasil, the rising pool of talent from less traditional boxing nations shows the strength of the American Confederation, and world boxing as a whole”, said AMBC President Osvaldo Bisbal.
Twenty nations registered to take part in Vargas, where over 100 of the best boxers in the continent battled for individual supremacy and national pride.
The event also served as a qualification event for the AIBA World Boxing Championships, as the top five boxers from each weight class achieved a quota for Doha 2015.
Gold medal winners in Vargas
49 kg: Joahnys Oscar Argilagos Perez CUB
52 kg: Yoel Segundo Finol VEN
56 kg: Andy Cruz Gomez CUB
60 kg: Robson Donato Conceicao BRA
64 kg: Yasnier Toledo Lopez CUB
69 kg: Roniel Iglesias CUB
75 kg: Arlen Lopez CUB
81 kg: Albert Ramirez VEN
91 kg: Erislandy Savon CUB
+91 kg: Leinier Pero CUB