idol of cuban boxing died at 45

Arnaldo Mesa, Cuban olympic medalistCuba lost an idol. Arnaldo Mesa, former Boxer and runer-up at Athens 1996 Olympic Games and three-time World Bronze medalist, died in the province of Holguin due to a brain hemorrhage.

Doctor Lazara Suarez, at the intensive care unit in the Vladimir Ilich Lenin Hospital told that Mesa had come to hospital with high blood pressure, leading him to him into severe cerebral damage.

He was born on December 6, 1967 in the Holguin municipality of Frank Pais and still an adolescent he made his way as a boxer up to reaching the most important events of the sport world. He stood out by his technique and evasive boxing style.

He won four national titles in local tournaments and five in international championships held in Cuba.

Just before turning 19 years old, Mesa made his debut at world boxing matches by as he represented Cuba at Reno 86, where he garnered the bronze.

He repeated this performance in the 57 kilo category at Moscow 89 and at Sydney 2001 Olympics. But his most renowned victory took place in 1996, when he got the silver after he was defeated in the Olympic finals by Hungarian Istvan Kovacs 14-7, in the 54-kilo division, not a usual category for Mesa.

Arnaldo is considered one of the most outstanding boxers from Holguin and a symbol of the Cuban boxing school.

A funeral service for Mesa takes place in his hometown, in Holguin.


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