However, despite staying at the gates of the Games, Calá entered and left the ring with a smile on his face.
Cuba is known for its Olympic boxing tradition, with great fighters such as the two-time Olympic champion, Julius Caesar the Cross, and Arlen Lopez, who will also fight to be included in the next Games on October 26.
But until less than a year ago, Cuban Olympic boxing was limited to men.
Until December 2022, a project that seeks to further develop Cuban boxing is allowed; since then, women have their own boxing program with the aim of reaching the Olympic Games.
In principle, the plan was designed with a view to the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games, but Legnis Calá is about to anticipate the history of Cuban women at the 2023 Olympic Games in Santiago.
He is not a favorite to win the fight because he has been training in this sport for only ten months since the project started. In fact, Calá, 32, practiced athletics before boxing.
Her Cuban team coaches knew her opponent, Omailyn Alcalá, whom they trained before the women’s boxing project started. That was from one of the letters in favor of Calá before the fight.
However, Alcalá’s experience was more than Calá’s desire.
When the fight was over, despite the loss, his coaches gave him a thumbs up. Calá followed. Obtaining the Olympic quota and the medal is a plus, because reaching the quarterfinals of the Pan American Games has already been an achievement.
This is just the beginning of Cuban women’s boxing.