Osmay Acosta

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Osmay Acosta Méndez Duarte (born April 03 1985) is a Cuban amateur boxer who won the 2007 Pan-Am Games title at Heavyweight. Acosta won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games as a heavyweight. Acosta also won a silver medal in the heavyweight class at the 2009 World amateur championships in Milan, Italy.

Amateur career

Acosta is a 1.85 meterl tall fighter who won the 165 lbs world cadet championships in 2001 vs Zaur Teymurov and became the junior world champ at 75 kg/165 lbs in 2002 in Santiago de Cuba beating Russian Nikolai Galacki 10:9, Uzbek Alisher Matniazov by KO, and Kazakh Dmitriy Gotfrid in the final 14:8.

At senior level he struggled initially, as in 2005 he was disqualified at the nationals at 178 lbs.

At the national senior championships ("Playa Girón") 2006 he was beaten inside the distance by Odlanier Solis in an attempt to compete at super heavyweight so he dropped down to 201 lbs where he won the 2006 Central American Games.

He was part of the Cuban team that won the 2006 Boxing World Cup.

He became national champion at 201 lbs vs. Ismaikel Perez in 2007, and defeated southpaw Adam Willett 22:3 in the Pan-Am qualifyer. He won the 2007 Pan-Am games stopping local favorite Rafael Lima in the semifinals and easily beating Jose Julio Payares of Venezuela 11:3 (including a knockdown) in the finals.

At the Nations Cup he beat Alexander Povernov 14:8. At the Ahmet Comert Cup 2007 he defeated European Champ Denis Poyatsika.

Acosta was undefeated for more than a year then was upset at the 2008 Strandya Cup by an unknown Scotsman and struggled at the National Championships.

He qualified for Beijing by winning the first Olympic qualifier by beating fellow-qualifier Deontay Wilder in the final.

Olympic games results

2008 (as a heavyweight)

World amateur championships

2009 (as a heavyweight)