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LONDON: Cuban teenager Robeisy Ramirez, 18, won the men’s Olympic flyweight (52kg) boxing gold on Sunday with a 17-14 win over Mongolia’s Tugstsogt Nyambayar.
“It was a difficult fight. I am extremely happy. My opening was very aggressive,” said the teenager, who danced around the ring when the result was announced.
“The moment I heard I won I fell on the floor because it was overwhelming. I am 18 years old and I am already an Olympic champion.
“I am becoming part of my country’s history along with past Cuban champions,” he said. “I am going to carry on training and doing the same things.
“My preparation has been very long and I have been out of Cuba a long time so I am looking forward to seeing my family again.”
The 18-year-old got off to a flying start and attacked Nyambayar, 20, from the first bell taking the first round 6-5, but the Mongolian stood his ground in the second which finished 4-all.
Both fighters raised their game in the third with Nyambayar, who beat world champion Aloian in the semi-final, landing some solid shots to the face, but Ramirez came out on top to take the third round 7-5 and secure gold.
His delight was obvious when the result was announced and he danced his way around the ring.
Semi-final losers Misha Aloian of Russia and Michael Conlan of Ireland both claimed bronze medals. -- AFP