The Cuban Boxing Federation reported Monday that boxer José Angel Larduet defected from the national team currently training in Germany for the next world championship tournament to be held in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

The Cuban boxer, who won gold in the 2017 Pan American championship in Honduras, and in the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla in 2018, had flown over with the team to participate in the +91 kilogram division in the event that will be held from September 9th to the 21st.

"Larduet turned his back on that commitment and left a number of athletes of a team that condemned his attitude and has ratified the purpose of fighting relentlessly to retain the reign achieved in the previous version of the team," says a note from the Cuban Federation of Boxing cited by the sports website Jit.

The selection of Cuban boxers are currently preparing in Berlin to defend their top position in a tournament that foresees the participation of 450 contestants from 87 nations.

The Cuban team, under the command of Rolando Acebal and training in Berlin, will travel on the 7th to Yekaterinburg.

Larduet, born February 23, 1990 in Santiago de Cuba, made his name when he won gold at the 2008 Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships in November 2008.

He won a light heavyweight bronze at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships, after being edged by current IBF 175-pound world champion Artur Beterbiev.

At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships he lost his quarterfinal 20:24 to Teymur Mammadov but qualified for the Olympics. At the 2012 Summer Olympics he lost to Clemente Russo in the quarter finals.