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Olympics 2012 Boxing Results: Roniel Iglesias of Cuba Wins Light Welterweight Gold

Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (seen here in his win over Brazil's Everton Lopes) won light welterweight gold in London, beating Ukraine's Denys Berinchyk in the final bout. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (seen here in his win over Brazil's Everton Lopes) won light welterweight gold in London, beating Ukraine's Denys Berinchyk in the final bout. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Four years ago in Beijing, Cuba's Roniel Iglesias went home with a bronze medal. This year in London, he's upgraded to gold, winning the light welterweight final today, 22-15 over Ukraine's Denys Berinchyk in a great display of boxing and fighting from both men.

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Iglesias sealed the deal with a huge third round, taking it 11-6 and breaking down the hard-charging Berinchyk, who simply doesn't know how to have a boring fight. In all four of his London bouts, Berinchyk was an all-offense tank, and pitted against the quick, classy Cuban southpaw, we got a great style contrast that delivered the goods in terms of action.

It was Iglesias who proved the better man, but he had to work each second of the three-round fight to earn his gold medal. Berinchyk leaves with silver, while bronze medals go to Vincenzo Mangiacapre of Italy, and Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg of Mongolia.

Men's Light Welterweight (141 lbs/64kg) Medals

Roniel Iglesias Cuba
Denys Berinchyk Ukraine
Vincenzo Mangiacapre Italy
Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg Mongolia