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Cuban Olympic boxers choose Belfast as their base

The Cuban Olympic boxing team has chosen Belfast as their training base during the Olympic Games this summer – a decision that local boxing champion Wayne McCullough has hailed as an ‘honour’.

The team is among the best in the world having dominated the sport at an amateur level for many years.

"Having had a Cuban trainer guide me through my Olympic journey and having met one in the final, I know that the Cubans are traditionally known as the best boxers in the world, so it's an amazing achievement to welcome the world's best boxing team to train here," said McCullough.

Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said Cuban boxing athletes, like some of Northern Ireland’s top boxers, have continuously "punched above their weight" in recent years.

“I am looking forward to welcoming these athletes here as they prepare for the Olympics. This is the most successful nation in Olympic boxing - they have won 40 gold medals since 1972 and we hope they will add to that total in 2012,” she added.

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