Thompson falls to Aragon as Cubans win five out of six titles

BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Cuba's Lorenzo Aragon overwhelmed American fighter Anthony Thompson 27-15 to win the welterweight gold medal at the World Amateur Boxing championship on Saturday and make it four out four for his powerful team. 

Thompson, a 19-year-old from Philadelphia, had to settle for silver at Belfast's Odyssey Arena after he failed to match his performance in Friday's grueling semifinal victory over Ireland's James Moore. 

Not parading his usual fluid style, the American struggled through a sluggish start that allowed Aragon to take control and was never able to get past the Cuban's long left jab. 

The 27-year-old Cuban unloaded punches much quicker, and led the opening round 8-2. Thompson stepped up the work rate from the start of the second but never landing his noted left hook. 

By the end of the third he trailed 20-12 and, although Thompson tried desperately to connect with a payoff punch, the margin was far too big to make up. 

Thompsons silver went with the bronze medal won by Cincinnati-based light-flyweight Ron Siler on Friday. 

The opening session of the finals belonged to the Cubans, who collected the first four gold medals. They started with a walkover at bantamweight by Yan Bartelemi. 

His opponent, Romania's Velicu Marian, was taken to a Belfast hospital on Saturday morning complaining of pains in his back. Marian was diagnosed as having a kidney infection, and also suffering from dehydration in trying to make the weight. 

Doctor Sean Donnelly, Tournament Medical Director, said: "After his semifinal win on Friday Marian complained of back spasms." 

Cuba took the second contest, the bantamweight title, on a 30-20 points decision by Olympic Games champion Guillermo Rigondeaux against Turkeys European champion Agasi Mehm Agaguloglu. 

World and Olympic lightweight champion Mario Kindelan scored a 29-17 win over Ukraines Volodymyr Kolesnyk. 

After Russian middleweight Andrei Gogolev scored a 36-29 decision over Utkirbek Haydarov of Uzbekistan, Cuba made it five golds out of six when heavyweight Odlanier Solis downed England's David Haye, the referee stopping the contest in round three.