Arnaldo Mesa

Arnaldo Mesa Bonell (6 December 1967 – 17 December 2012) was a boxer from Cuba, who won the silver medal for his native country at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States. In the final of the Bantamweight (– 54 kg) division he was defeated by Hungary's István Kovács. A year earlier, at the Pan American Games in Mar del Plata, he captured the gold medal in his division. In 1986 he already won the bronze medal at the 1986 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Reno.

Arnaldo Mesa
Personal information
Born(1967-12-06)December 6, 1967
Holguín, Cuba
DiedDecember 17, 2012(2012-12-17) (aged 45)
Holguín, Cuba
Medal record
Men’s Boxing
Representing  Cuba
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta Bantamweight
World Amateur Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Reno Bantamweight
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Moscow Featherweight
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Sydney Featherweight
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1991 Havana Featherweight
Gold medal – first place 1995 Mar del Plata Featherweight

He died due to a heart attack two weeks after his 45th birthday on 17 December 2012.[1]

Olympic resultsEdit


  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Arnaldo Mesa". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18.