Ecuadorian boxer Julio Castillo won the gold medal at the XVI World Cup of Petroleum Countries, while his teammate Jean Carlos Caicedo hung the silver at the end of the international tournament held in the Russian city of Khanty-Mansiysk, detailed in a bulletin the Ecuadorian Boxing Federation.
Castillo reached the crown in the division of 91 kilograms, after defeating Russian Yaroslav Doronichev in the final match by split decision (3-2).
“It was a very strong tournament, of a good technical level and that had the presence of good competitors,” said Castillo, who dedicated the title to his wife, Genesis Vallejo, and his son, Julio, as well as for the entire country and God who has allowed him to reach the place where he is.
For his part, Caicedo lost the final of 56 kilos to host Bakhtovar Nazirov by unanimous decision (0-3) and had to settle for second place and the silver medal.
The tricolor delegation was also formed by fighters Marlo Delgado, who was left with the bronze, and Miguel Ferrin, who lost in the first round. The team was led by coach Pedro Pablo Salgado, of Cuban nationality.
“The performance of the boys was excellent in a tournament of a high competitive level, just look at the names of the participating countries. Our objective was only to look for a blank with a view to what is coming next year such as the Pan American Games and the World Championship, “said Salgado, adding:” I was surprised by the performance of the boxers because we are in the middle of general preparation and with a lot of physical load. “
The national team, which attended the event with four athletes, ranked second in the general classification, among 16 participating countries, with a gold, a silver and a bronze medal, surpassed by Russia, which registered 54 boxers and reached 10 gold, 9 silver and 13 bronze.
In the international competition, teams from Ecuador, Russia, Venezuela, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, among others, acted. (I)