01/05/14 - BoxingScene.com - Cuban Amateur Star, WSB Fighter is Shot in Camaguey
By Elisinio Castillo
Cuban amateur star Julio Cesar la Cruz, 24-years-old and a two-time world
amateur champion, was hospitalized after taking a bullet outside of a
recreation center in the eastern province of Camagüey, his hometown, in the
early hours of Saturday. The wound is located near the top of his left hip.
He will soon be moved to a hospital in Havana to continue his recovery. No
details were available about the incident.
La Cruz, a light heavyweight, was selected as one of the most outstanding
athletes of 2013 in Cuba. The boxer is part of the Cuban team that is
currently the "Group A" leader in the current standings. The team boasts a
leading bout record of 18 wins and 2 defeats.
La Cruz won the gold medal at in the light heavyweight division at the 2011
World Amateur Boxing Championships in Baku, where he beat number 1 seeded
Egor Mekhontsev from Russia (a 2012 Olympic gold medal winner). La Cruz
also won gold medal at 2011 Pan American Games in which Cuba's national
team topped the medal table with 8 golds and 1 silver. At the 2012 Olympics
he was upset by Falc?o Florentino.
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