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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cuban Boxer Defects

MIAMI, Florida -- A top member of the Cuban national boxing team took advantage of a one-night stopover to defect to the United States.

Diobelys Hurtado Pimentel, 22, said he managed to slip out of the team's Miami hotel early Monday without confronting his coaches or the team's security escort. He is considered one of the top amateurs in the world in the 132-pound division, according to USA Boxing.