Day 15: CRUZ wins Men’s Lightweight gold and propels Cuba atop of the medals table

08/08/2021
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 08: Andy Cruz of Team Cuba celebrates with his gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Light (57-63kg) Final bout between Keyshawn Davis of Team United States and Andy Cruz of Team Cuba on day sixteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games at Kokugikan Arena on August 08, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

At today’s Men’s Light (57-63kg) gold medal match, Cuba’s Andy CRUZ and USA’s Keyshawn DAVIS met for the third time on the ring, after fighting against each other in the 2019 World Championship and Pan American Games finals.

In 2019, 25-year-old CRUZ had won both medal matches, leaving DAVIS in second.

Today, during the last competition day of the Tokyo 2020 Boxing, it was no different.

The Cuban boxer – dubbed “the Matador” – claimed the brightest medal via a 4:1 split decision. After starting-off the match with a brilliant round one, CRUZ suffered the intensity of DAVIS’ action in round two, fighting then back in round three to eventually convince the judges.

“I’m very happy because I could reach my goal. It was my goal to reach gold and I accomplished that,” the Cuba boxer said, after the match.”

CRUZ propelled Cuba atop of the medal standings. His gold is the fourth for Cuba (and the fifth medal in total) in the Tokyo 2020 Boxing Tournament, following the titles won by Roniel IGLESIAS (Men’s Walter), Arlen LOPEZ (Men’s Light Heavy) and Julio La CRUZ (Men’s Heavy), and the bronze medal secured by Lazaro ALVAREZ in the Men’s Feather event.

22-year-old DAVIS from Alexandria, VA, USA, said: “Everything was worth it, man. Even though it’s a silver medal, I still learned a lot about myself in this tournament, leading up to the silver medal. I think I’m a better fighter now.”

“I’m proud because I put my professional career on hold, put my money on hold to accomplish my dream. And I did that,” he added. “A lot of people wouldn’t take that risk, wouldn’t take that opportunity to put what they have on hold when everything was going their way, they were getting everything they wanted, risking their career, putting their bodies on the line to do something extraordinary, and I did that.”

Bronze medals in the event went to Hovhannes BACHKOV (ARM) and Harry GARSIDE (AUS).

Updated Drawsheet:

Men’s Light (57-63kg)

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