Rio Olympics 2016: Cuba's Julio Cesar la Cruz wins first Olympic title

Cuba's triple world champion Julio Cesar la Cruz claimed his first Olympic title by winning light-heavyweight gold at Rio 2016.

Top seed La Cruz, 27, outpointed Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov, winning all three rounds unanimously.

Cuban fighters have now won gold medals in all 12 weight categories to have featured at the Olympics.

Niyazymbetov, 27, took another silver medal, having also finishing second at London 2012.

La Cruz, who was beaten in the quarter-finals four years ago, earned Cuba their first boxing gold in Brazil.

The Caribbean island has now won 35 Olympic boxing medals - 67 in total - with only the United States bettering both tallies.


Richie Woodhall, former WBC super-middleweight champion on BBC TV:

"It was a tremendous performance from La Cruz.

"You've got to be so skilful to box like he does and have exceptional reactions.

"He is a wonderful boxer."

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