Julio Cesar La Cruz defeats Muslim Gadzhimagomedov to win heavyweight Gold Medal
Decorated Cuban amateur Julio Cesar La Cruz (218-18, 27KOs) added to his illustrious amateur career after defeating Muslim Gadzhimagomedov (86-6, 9KOs) in the heavyweight Olympic finals to win his second gold medal in four years. This go-around, he would snatch the highest Olympic honor as a heavyweight, compared to when he earned Gold in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio as a light heavyweight.
With the win, Cruz becomes a two-time gold medal winner in two different weights classes. His Olympic teammates and fellow Gold medal winners Roniel Iglesias and Arlen Lopez share this accomplishment. Cruz, a four time amateur world champion, has won 11 Gold medals in total. He achieved glory in the Olympic, Pan American, Central American and Caribbean Games, and in the World Championships. The only time he didn’t win Gold was in 2019 at the World Championships, where he would settle for bronze.
With Cuba securing three gold medals in the 2020 Olympic Games, it shows their continued dominance throughout the years in the squared circle on the amateur level.
By: Jerrell Fletcher