Boxing at the 1987 Pan American Games

The Men's Boxing Tournament at the 1987 Pan American Games was held in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, United States from August 8 to August 23.

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Clash between Cuban athletes and anti-Castro protestorsEdit

Tension between Cuba and the United States had already been an issue with the selection of Indianapolis over Havana for the site of the games, and a Cuban boycott had been avoided only when Fidel Castro received a promise that the 1991 Pan American Games would be held in Havana. After the incident with a plane flying a banner urging Cuban athletes to defect in the opening ceremony, Cuban immigrants to the United States continued to use the games as a way to confront the Castro regime, using the Cuban athletes as a proxy. This games marked the first time since the Cuban Revolution that Cuban athletes had participated in the United States. During boxing events at the Indiana Convention Center, anti-Castro Cuban-American protestors mocked the Cuban boxers from the stands. The police were unable to stop the Cuban boxers from entering the stands and punching the protestors in retaliation. According to witnesses, up to a dozen Cuban boxers, including Pablo Romero, as well as a hundred spectators were involved. Two people were hospitalized.[1] After these incidents Manuel Gonzalez Guerra, who was Cuba's top sports official, publicly demanded that organizers keep the anti-Castro protestors away from the Cuban athletes. In private, he also unsuccessfully asked the Indianapolis police chief to lock the activists up. Mark Miles, the president of the organizing committee, made a phone call to the Ronald Reagan administration in the White House, who subsequently pressed Cuban-American activists groups to dial down the pressure by the final week.[1]

Medal winnersEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Light Flyweight
(– 48 kilograms)
  Luis Román Rolón
Puerto Rico
  Michael Carbajal
United States
  Juan Torres Odelin
Cuba

  Jesus Herrera
Dominican Republic

Flyweight
(– 51 kilograms)
  Adalberto Regalado
Cuba
  David Griman
Venezuela
  Hamilton Rodrigues
Brazil

  Rafael Ramos
Puerto Rico

Bantamweight
(– 54 kilograms)
  Manuel Martínez
Cuba
  Michael Collins
United States
  Domino Domigella
Argentina

  Rafael del Valle
Puerto Rico

Featherweight
(– 57 kilograms)
  Kelcie Banks
United States
  Emilio Villegas
Dominican Republic
  Frank Avelar
El Salvador

  Esteban Flores
Puerto Rico

Lightweight
(– 60 kilograms)
  Julio González
Cuba
  José Perez
Venezuela
  Hector Arroyo
Puerto Rico

  Marc Menard
Canada

Light Welterweight
(– 63.5 kilograms)
  Candelario Duvergel
Cuba
  Todd Foster
United States
  Wanderley Oliveira
Brazil

  Daniel Cueto
Panama

Welterweight
(– 67 kilograms)
  Juan Carlos Lemus
Cuba
  Kenneth Gould
United States
  Pedro Frias
Dominican Republic

  Rey Rivera
Puerto Rico

Light Middleweight
(– 71 kilograms)
  Orestes Solano
Cuba
  Freddy Sanchez
Puerto Rico
  Frank Liles
United States

  Gary Smikle
Jamaica

Middleweight
(– 75 kilograms)
  Ángel Espinosa Capó
Cuba
  Otis Grant
Canada
  Carlos Herrera
Venezuela

  Juan Montiel
Uruguay

Light Heavyweight
(– 81 kilograms)
  Pablo Romero Hernandez
Cuba
  Nelson Adams
Puerto Rico
  Wilfred Moses
Guyana

  Andrew Maynard
United States

Heavyweight
(– 91 kilograms)
  Félix Savón
Cuba
  Juan Antonio Díaz
Argentina
  Domenico d'Amico
Canada

  Michael Bentt
United States

Super Heavyweight
(+ 91 kilograms)
  Jorge Luis González
Cuba
  Lennox Lewis
Canada
  Carlos Barcelete
Brazil

  Riddick Bowe
United States

Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Cuba100111
2  United States1449
3  Puerto Rico1258
4  Canada0224
5  Venezuela0213
6  Dominican Republic0123
7  Argentina0112
8  Brazil0033
9  El Salvador0011
  Guyana0011
  Jamaica0011
  Panama0011
  Uruguay0011
Totals (13 nations)12122448

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Higgins, Will (August 6, 2017). "Brawlers, provocateurs, even assassins: How Indy became a sports town". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved December 1, 2018.

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