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Formula One? For amateur boxers, Baku is all about Rio (Reuters)

Posted: June 20, 2016 at 5:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba in action against Arslan Khataev of Finland.  Karim de la Plaine/AIBA/Handout via REUTERS

By Alan Baldwin BAKU (Reuters) – Formula One has taken over the city streets but for Cuban Olympic boxing champion Robeisy Ramirez, being in Baku is all about the road to Rio. Azerbaijan’s first grand prix may have got all the attention but, away from the fenced-off track and the television cameras, hundreds of amateur boxers from around the world are also in town and fighting to qualify for the Olympics. Ramirez, flyweight gold medalist at London 2012, is among 469 boxers from 105 nations hoping that the tournament will open the door to Brazil.

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