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Cubans Dominate in Goodwill Boxing

August 1, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Cubans won two of the first three boxing championships in the Goodwill Games Friday night, and one of the victims was 19-year-old Jacob Hudson of Augusta, Ga.

Hudson, a U.S. champion, lost 13-4 in the 132-pound final to Mario Kindelan.

Hudson held his own for the first three of five two-minute rounds, but the left-handed Cuban took complete charge in the fourth round, landing several right hooks to build a 10-4 lead.

Cuba has a 6-3 lead over the United States in direct competition in the Goodwill Games.

The first Cuban to win was Maikro Romero, a 25-year-old Olympic champion and reigning world champion. He was just too slick and powerful for Aleksan Nalbaniyan of Russia and scored a 10-5 decision at 106 pounds.

The Cubans suffered a loss at 119 pounds in dramatic fashion. Timur Tulyakov of Uzbekistan was trailing Waldemar Font 14-13 when he evened the score with a right to the head with 15 seconds remaining and won 15-14 with another right to the head just before the bell.

A protest and threat by the Russian Boxing Federation led to the suspension of four officials. Suspended were referee-judges Macario Sosa of Guatemala and Alfredo Toledo of Cuba, referee Per-Olof Larsson of Sweden and judge Dieter Mica of Germany.

Arthur Tunstall of Australia, technical delegate to the competition from AIBA, the International Amateur Boxing Association, said the Russians did not protest specific bouts but were generally unhappy with judging in bouts involving their boxers.

Tunstall said the Russians agreed to keep their fighters in the tournament after the AIBA announced its action.

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