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Osleys Iglesias

Super Middle Weight

W8

HOMETOWN

  • Havana, Cuba

KO 7

STANCE

Southpaw

L 0

AGE

35

D 0

HEIGHT

5′ 9½″
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About


Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo, born on August 14, 1988, is a renowned Cuban boxer with an illustrious career. He gained prominence by securing the junior world title in the lightweight category in 2006. His journey continued with a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and culminated with a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In a remarkable feat, at the age of 33, he added yet another gold medal to his impressive Olympic record at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Iglesias’ career began with a significant victory in 2005 when he claimed the national senior flyweight title at just 16 years old. This achievement came in the absence of Olympic champion Yuriorkis Gamboa due to injury. Iglesias defeated future two-time champion Yoandri Salinas and Karel Luis in the final to secure the title. Nonetheless, Andry Laffita, a more experienced boxer who had previously competed at junior flyweight, was selected to represent Cuba at the world championships.

In 2006, Iglesias transitioned to the bantamweight category, competing in the national senior championships. Although he reached the semifinals, he was defeated by Idel Torriente. Later that year, in September, Iglesias moved up six kilograms to compete in the lightweight category and achieved a remarkable victory at the 2006 world championships in Agadir, Morocco. During this tournament, he defeated Éverton Lopes in the quarterfinals and Kazach Azamat Smagulov in the final.

In 2008, Iglesias secured the junior welter national senior championship by defeating Richard Poll 12-9 in the final. Subsequently, he participated in the Olympic qualifier in Trinidad, where he faced another teenager, Javier Molina, in the semifinals and successfully qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Although he reached the semi-finals, he was bested by defending champion Manus Boonjumnong.

The pinnacle of Iglesias’ career came in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where he clinched the gold medal by defeating Denys Berinchyk from Ukraine with a score of 22-15. He later transitioned to the welterweight division, which he competed in during the 2016 Summer Olympics. In a remarkable display of skill and determination, Iglesias secured another gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo by defeating Pat McCormack from Great Britain with a resounding score of 5–0.

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