— Published 23 August 2022

Cuban boxer departs

The exodus continues in Cuban sport. After athletics, it is now affecting boxing. Billy Rodríguez, 22 (pictured above, in red), a Cuban boxing hopeful, has decided not to return to the country after his first victorious professional fight last Friday in Mexico. The flyweight took advantage of his short stay in La Paz to defect, an information confirmed by the Cuban sports authorities. “We inform you that Billy Rodríguez has decided not to return to Cuba after making his professional boxing debut,” they said in a statement posted on social networks. “We condemn his attitude, forgetting the commitment he made.” The defection of the young Cuban, a gold medalist at the Pan American Championships last spring, is the fourth in the national team since the beginning of the year. According to several indications left on social networks, he could soon resurface in the United States, probably in Miami, where several Cuban trainers and boxers who have also chosen exile reside.