By José Alejandro Rodríguez Zas
Cuban boxer Roniel Iglesias has been one of the best fighters of his time on the island and worldwide, in the light welterweight and welterweight divisions. Two Olympic gold medals (London 2012 and Tokyo 2020) and one bronze (Beijing 2008), one world title (Milan 2009) and one silver medal (Hamburg 2017), two Pan American crowns (Guadalajara 2011 and Lima 2019) and one second place (Toronto 2015) and two gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games (Veracruz 2014 and Barranquilla 2018), are some proof of his excellent results at the planetary level throughout his almost 20-year career.
As if that were not enough, he debuted this 2022 in professional boxing under the protection of the Cuban Boxing Federation and the auspices of Golden Ring Promotions, winning the two fights he has carried out so far, one of them by KO, showing that he is ready. for greater efforts in the sport of fists.
As it appears on the official page of the aforementioned source, the exact amount of the sale reached 83,188 dollars, more than 30,000 above the initial estimated price for the item, which was 50,000 dollars. In fact, “the loot” auctioned also includes the official case of the medal, the pin and the Olympic diploma given to Roniel for his sporting conquest under the five rings.
“With this medal, Roniel Iglesias consolidated himself as one of the best boxers in Cuban history,” RR Auction reported on his website.
“A sturdy and resplendent winner’s medal from the most recent Summer Olympics, only the second Tokyo 2020 gold medal ever offered at auction,” he added.
The source also recalled that Roniel was Junior World Champion in 2006, in the light-welterweight division and 16 years later, he defeated British boxer Pat McCormack by unanimous decision 5-0, in the welterweight final in Tokyo. 2020, Olympics held in the summer of last year 2022.
That of the “Grasshopper” was conquered in the historic Long Jump final held in Sydney 2000, in which the West Indian defeated Australian Jai Taurima with a stretch of 8.55 meters. The medal was sold to the highest bidder for $71,335.
As for the gold metal from Pupo, won in London 2012 in the 25-meter Rapid Fire Pistol event, it sold for $73,205.