Tokyo 2020: Argentine boxing and its commitment to the future


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Tokyo 2020: Argentine boxing and its commitment to the future

The Tokyo Games are already part of history for Argentine boxing. With the defeats of her four boxers and that of Dayana Sánchez – who is already part of history as the first Argentine Olympic female boxer – a chapter is closed, written in the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo.

Will another story begin? Of course, yes, although surely not in all cases with the same protagonists. In the case of Brian Arregui, in the 69 kilograms and of Francisco “Bebu” Verón, the two have already debuted as professionals for Chino Promotions, to ESPN KnockOut. And they will surely continue in that line, since there is a long way to go until the next Games. The Entre Ríos Arregui traveled almost at the last moment, he arrived a day before and in front of the North American Delante Johnson, in his only fight in Tokyo, he did what he could and a little more. But he lost on points.

“I am not satisfied, I did not make a good fight, beyond the result”, He said. It is that Arregui lost despite having him on the ground to his adversary. Seen with the eyes of professional boxing, that fall would have been a 10-8 for the Argentine, but the Olympic boxing regulations, equal to those of AIBA, although this entity did not appear in the games, they do not “reward” the fall, but rather it it is, to put it in a nutshell, “a well-placed hit.”

The truth of the case is that, separate discussions about a regulation that sometimes sounds capricious, the Argentine – one of the greatest promises of national boxing – lost and that, at 21 years old, he will surely already launch himself into a professional career that looks more than promising. He already adds 3-0, all won by knockout and the wish is that the anxiety not to do so does not win over common sense.

Francisco “Bebu” Verón, at 75 kilos, is also a professional and is in the ranks of Chino Maidana Promotions. His is also more than auspicious. First he beat Swedish Adam Chartoi, by 5 votes to zero and took revenge for a previous defeat. And then came the clash with a medal candidate, the Dominican Euri Cedeño, with long arms, left-handedness, strong punch and just 21 years old. Verón lost, in a very good fight, in which he left everything, but it did not reach him. He showed that he has very good wood and temperament. He is 22 years old and surely, a great future ahead.

In the 52 kilos, the Salta Ramon Quiroga (23 years old) could not before the Spanish Gabriel Escobar, European champion and a lot of blank. The “Hormiga”, with bronze medals in Cochabamba (2018) and Lima (2019) found himself with a superior rival. Being one of the least experienced of the group, he therefore has a lot to learn and progress.

Mirco Neck, at 57 kilos and at 20 years old, he started beating Hamsat Shadalov, from Germany, 36 years old and two Olympic games over (London and Rio). But in his second presentation he was outmatched by Thai Chatchai Decha Butdee, before whom he had tactical problems that he could not solve, including a cut that largely modified the fight plan.

Dayana Sanchez (60) At 28 she became the first Argentine woman to compete in Olympic boxing and fell in her debut against the Turkish Esra Yildiz, after having passed the first test due to no presentation of her rival. She traveled, like Arregui, in a tough fight against the clock and jet lag, and even in preparation, because she replaced, also at the last minute, her sister Leonela, who for maternity reasons had to decline the invitation.

Fabricio Nieva and professor Daniel González were assisting the team, a task that they also fulfilled in the final part, carried out in Santa Teresita, with former world champion Mariano Carrera and physical trainer Ruperto Ruiz, under the supervision of Lautaro Moreno.

Before leaving for Tokyo, the team said: “We have done our homework well.” And it was like that, counting of course with everything that Covid 19 brought. You can see the glass half full or empty. We prefer the first version.

It gives us the feeling that more than ever it is necessary to shuffle, give again, review mistakes, think about the successes and know that these jobs, in the long term, require time and effort.

What was possible was done and it would be unfair not to give the entire group the credit of confidence and the assurance that, in the future, like all work well done, the fruits will be seen. I hope so.


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