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Lot #3109
London 2012 Summer Olympics Gold Winner's Medal Awarded to Cuban Boxer Roniel Iglesias

Gold winner's medal from the 2012 London Games, awarded to one of Cuba's greatest boxers

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Gold winner's medal from the 2012 London Games, awarded to one of Cuba's greatest boxers

Rare winner's medal awarded to Cuban boxer Roniel Iglesias for his light welterweight victory at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Gilt silver, 85 mm, 430 gm, by David Watkins. The front of the medal features text across the top, "XXX Olympiad London 2012," above the winged Nike over Panathinaikon Stadium with the Acropolis in the background; the reverse features the emblem of the London Games against an abstract linear background. The event, “Boxing, Men's Light Welter (64kg),” is engraved along the bottom edge of the medal. Includes its purple ribbon with "London 2012" and the Olympic rings embroidered in white. The medal exhibits some trivial dings and scratches. Includes the original information card and black winner’s medal case, which is heavily scuffed and worn. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Iglesias.

This sought-after winner’s medal was awarded to Cuban boxer Roniel Iglesias, who has cemented himself as one of the best boxers in Cuban history. After winning the junior world title at lightweight in 2006, Iglesias earned his first taste of the Olympic podium when he was awarded a bronze medal in the light welterweight class at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Four years later, he took revenge on the field, surging past expectations and winning gold in the same weight class at the London 2012 Summer Games. He moved up to welterweight for his next Olympic venture, Rio 2016, but, perhaps unaccustomed to his new divisional competition, was ousted in the quarterfinals. Undeterred, Iglesias competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, once again at welterweight, and claimed his second gold medal when he out-pointed British boxer Pat McCormack by a score of 5-0.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Olympic Memorabilia
  • Dates: #686 - Ended January 18, 2024