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Cuban boxing tournaments in Hungary and Bulgaria before pre-Olympic Brazil

The Cuban boxing team in February participate in two tournaments in Hungary and Bulgaria, as part of an "intense" pre-Olympic preparation in view of Brazil and the London Olympics-2012, confirmed on Thursday its DT, Rolando Acebal.
"From February we began (to compete) in the Bocskai Memorial in Hungary, and then go to Strandja in Bulgaria," said Acebal, who took the helm of the former "flagship" of Cuban sport after its collapse in Beijing-2008 , where he was without a title for the first time in nearly four decades.
Speaking to a local radio station, the coach announced that before Bocskai (7-13 February) and the Strandzha (14-19), the team plans to do a training base in Europe.
"We have the Olympics over and we can not neglect. Let's make a (labor) intensive from very strong January and joint preparations" with European teams, he said.
According to DT, the members of the national pre-selection will return to training on January 5, looking in the Olympic Qualifying, scheduled from 4 to 13 May in Rio de Janeiro, where he awarded the last 40 tickets for London-American 2012.
To date, Cuba is the country in the Americas with the most ranked boxers for London, with seven. We are the United States and Brazil, with three each, and Colombia (1).
Acebal considered the Cuban boxing is able to recover to the level exhibited in the 80 and 90 of the last century, but warned that this requires "time and hard work."
He noted that already this year regained the throne in America had lost in 2010 and recalled that the World Cup in Baku were ahead of Russia in the medal table with three medals (2-1-0).
Cuba, who reigned in amateur boxing for nearly four decades-1972 to 2005 -, which had 32 Olympic and 65 world titles, suffered a downturn from 2006 hit by a series of defections and since then has been re- dominate the highest level.
Source: AFP December 22, 2011