Cuban world champion boxer defects during a stop in Panama

Another slave of Cuba’s communist dictatorship has escaped the Castro plantation. World champion boxer Yoenlis Feliciano Hernandez took advantage of a layover in Panama to elude handlers and flee to freedom.

Via CiberCuba (my translation):

Boxer Yoenlis Feliciano defects from the Cuban team during layover in Panama

Cuban boxer Yoenlis Feliciano Hernández, who won the 75 kg category title at the Tashkent Boxing World Championship, left the Cuban team on Tuesday during a layover in Panama while on his way back to the island.

Yoenlis won the only gold medal for the Cuban team at the world championship held in the capital of Uzbekistan, and became a two-time world champion in his division.

“Boxer Yoenlis Feliciano (25) left the Cuban delegation during a layover in Panama,” sports journalist Francys Romero reported on Twitter.

“There have already been 11 defections of Cuban athletes (karate, rowing, hockey, boxing) in 2023,” Romero said.

Yoenlis recently defended his middleweight title in Belgrade 2021 at the Tashkent World Championship.

On Twitter, Nelson Aguilar, who on social media presents himself as a member of the Cuban Communist Party, said Feliciano left the sports delegation during “a layover in Panama on his way back to Cuba,” when “he decided to board another flight to Spain.”

After learning of the boxer’s defection, sports journalist Yordano Carmona said that “no one wants to stay in Cuba, not even when you win a prize of $200,000.” At this point, it’s worth pointing out that this amount – the prize for each champion at the Uzbekistan world championship – is in no way compromised by the athlete’s decision.

Continue reading (in Spanish) HERE.