Cuba's La Cruz wins light-heavyweight gold

Julio Cesar La Cruz out-pointed Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov on Thursday to become the first Cuban to win a light-heavyweight Olympic boxing gold medal.

Julio Cesar La Cruz (right) of Cuba and Adilbek Niyazymbetov of Kazakhstan react after their bout.   -  Reuters

Julio Cesar La Cruz out-pointed Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov on Thursday to become the first Cuban to win a light-heavyweight Olympic boxing gold medal.

France's Mathieu Bauderlique and Britain's Joshua Buatsi took bronze as losing semifinalists.

The gold was Cuba's first in the ring at the Rio Games and the light-heavyweight division was the only one without a previous Cuban winner.