Julio César La Cruz

Julio César La Cruz

Julio César La Cruz at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Julio César La Cruz Peraza
Nationality  Cuba
Born (1989-08-11) August 11, 1989
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Sport Boxing
Rated at Light heavyweight

Julio César La Cruz Peraza (born 11 August 1989) is a Cuban amateur boxer. He won the light heavyweight world title in 2011, 2013 and 2015, as well as the Olympic gold medal in 2016.


At the 2011 World Championships, he captained the Cuban national team,[1] where he beat number 1 seeded Egor Mekhontsev from Russia on points (2115) in semi-final, and won Adilbek Niyazymbetov from Kazakhstan after 3 rounds by 1713 finishing score in final, being the 4th World amateur boxing champion boxer from Camagüey.[2]

He grasped the gold medal at 2011 Pan American Games in which Cuba national team topped the medal table with 8 golds and 1 silver.[3] He beat Carlos Gongora of Ecuador in the semi-finals and Yamaguchi Falcão Florentino of Brazil in the final on points (2212).[4]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics he was upset by Falcão Florentino in a rematch.

On January 4, 2014, Julio Cesar la Cruz was hospitalized after being shot outside of a recreation center in his hometown of Camagüey.[5]

He also won the Gold Medal at Light Heavyweight division at the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty and 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha.

He won the gold medal at the men's light heavyweight event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.[6]


  1. "No rest bite for Cuban squad". AIBA. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  2. Florencio Rodriguez, Luis (17 October 2011). "Boxers of Camagüey to Ratify their Worth in Pan-American Games". cadenagramonte.cu. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  3. "Cuba's Panamerican supremacy". AIBA. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  4. "Cuba win a total of eight gold medals in Guadalajara". AIBA. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  5. Elisinio Castillo (4 January 2014). "Cuban Amateur Star, WSB Fighter is Shot in Camaguey". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  6. "Julio Cesar la Cruz". Rio 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
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