Indian heavy-weight boxer Sanjeet Kumar is enough confident about his speed. The Cuban dominance in the sport of boxing is well maintained. Out of the 85 gold medals that the Caribbean country have won in the Olympics, the pugilists bagged 41 of them.
In fact, before Tokyo 2020 there were six Cuban boxers who had achieved gold medals in Olympic boxing. But Julio Cesar La Cruz, Roniel Iglesias, and Arlen Lopez upgraded it to nine by winning the yellow metal in their respective categories in Tokyo.
In Rio, La Cruz had won gold in the light heavyweight category. In Tokyo’s heavyweight final he defeated Russian boxer Muslim Gadzhimagomedov 5-0. However, in the ongoing World Championships, he remains the favourite to take the top position in the heavyweight category.
But there might be one Indian boxer who might challenge him in his tracks. Sanjeet Kumar definitely knows a thing or two about punching above his weight.
In the 2021 Asian Championship final, he astonished Rio silver-medallist Vassiliy Levit to win the match 3-2. The Kazakh-boxer who is forceful and ruthless was completely cozened in the first two rounds. Although he made a vigorous comeback in the third, it was too little too late.