Yankiel León

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Yankiel León Alarcón (* 26. April 1982 in Jobabo) is a Cuban amateur boxer who won a silver medal for Cuba at the 2008 Olympics as a bantamweight. As well as a bronze medal at the 2009 World amateur championshipss

Amateur career

Leon won gold at the World Junior Championships in Budapest, Hungary in 2000 as a light flyweight. Leon became senior national champion 2002 at flyweight then moved up in weight.

At bantam he stood in the shadows of two-time Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux who beat him eight times. When Rigondeaux was out injured in 2007 Leon lost at the national championships to Yasniel Toledo.

After it became clear that the banned Rigondeaux would not be sent to Beijing Leon trained harder and beat archrival Toledo and Yurien Fabregas at the nationals in 2008.

He lost to Dominican Claudio Marrero in the first round of the Copa Independencia but breezed through his qualifier easily beating everybody including Marrero and fellow qualifier Oscar Valdez to easily make it to the Olympics.

He holds wins over Yan Barthelemy, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Ivan Calderon, among others.

Olympic games results

2008 (as a bantamweight)

World amateur championships

2009 (as a bantamweight)