The gold medal drought for Team USA men’s boxing will continue for at least another hour, as Cuba’s Andy Cruz out-pointed Keyshawn Davis of the United States to win the lightweight gold medal in Tokyo.
Cruz makes it four gold medals in boxing this year for the Cuban team, following welterweight Roniel Iglesias, light heavyweight Arlen Lopez, and heavyweight Julio la Cruz. Those three boxers are all two-time gold medalists now, each of them winning their golds in two separate weight classes, while this is the first gold for the 25-year-old Cruz, who may have plenty more in his future if he stays in the amateur ranks.
Davis was certainly competitive here, but it’s hard to argue with the outcome. Cruz won four cards in the first, but the American did bounce back strong in the second with some hard shots, sweeping that round on all five cards, and putting the fight in the balance for the third round. But that round went unanimously to Cruz, who just did the bit cleaner work, and was too swift defensively, keeping Davis tentative in the first half of the round especially.
The American team will have one final shot at gold in Tokyo, when super heavyweight Richard Torrez Jr faces the heavily-favored Bakhodir Jalolov of Uzbekistan in the final bout of the Olympics later today. The last U.S. men’s boxing gold medal came from Andre Ward in 2004.