Angel Espinosa

Ángel Espinosa Capó (October 2, 1966 – April 12, 2017) was a Cuban amateur boxer who dominated the 1980s at junior middleweight and middleweight and captured the 1986 World Amateur Boxing Championships. He never won an Olympic medal due to Cuba's boycott of the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics (as well as the 1985 Boxing World Cup boycott.) A hard-hitting Cuban with a southpaw stance one of the most feared in his era was known to have about 300 amateur fights.[2]

Angel Espinosa
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Angel Espinosa (right) facing Henry Maske
Personal information
Full nameAngel Espinosa Capó
Nationality Cuba
Born(1966-10-02)October 2, 1966
Holguin
DiedApril 12, 2017(2017-04-12) (aged 50)
Miami, Florida
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Sport
SportBoxing
Weight classMiddleweight

CareerEdit

In 1983 the hard-hitting southpaw won the junior world championships at junior welterweight by knocking out Meldrick Taylor in round 2. Cuba boycotted the 1984 Olympic Games.

He became 1986 world champion at junior middleweight. Espinosa then added the Panamerican title 1987 at middleweight.

On two occasions when Cuban government boycotted the Boxing World Cup in 1985, and the Summer Olympics in 1988, gold winner in the middleweight class was East German Henry Maske, whom Espinosa defeated three times unanimously in 1987–88.

At the 1989 world championships he defeated Sven Ottke but lost to local hero Andrey Kurnyavka. At Espinosa's first Olympics in Barcelona 1992 he competed at light-heavy and lost to Wojciech Bartnik . Angel trained amateurs in a boxing gym in Hialeah, Fl named "Hialeah School of Boxing" before his passing.

Angel was found dead at a gym in Miami. Cause of death is still undetermined.

ReferencesEdit

  • Record (Archived 2009-10-25)
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Angel Espinosa". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18.