Jacob Hudson's bid for a gold medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games ended with a flurry of punches from Cuba's Mario Kindelan on Friday night in New York City.
Hudson, an Augusta native, fell to the Cuban 13-4 in the finals of the 132-pound division in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. A first-time competitor at the Goodwill Games, Hudson will return to Augusta on Sunday with a silver medal.
Hudson held his own for the first three of five two-minute rounds, but the left-handed Cuban took complete charge in the fourth round, landing several right hooks to build a 10-4 lead.
Cuba has a 6-3 lead over the United States in direct competition in the Goodwill Games. Kindelan advanced to the gold-medal round with a 19-15 victory over Russian world champion Aleksandr Maletin on Wednesday.
Hudson defeated Kee-Duk Kwon of Korea on Monday in the first round of the Goodwill Games boxing competition. He advanced to Friday's gold-medal round with a tie-break decision over Russia's Aleksandr Leonov on Wednesday.
The Russian team filed a protest accusing four boxing officials of bias against them. The officials were suspended by the Goodwill Games on Friday. Although not mentioned in the complaint, Hudson's match with Leonov was likely one of the matches that upset the Russians.
After five rounds, the combatants were tied 4-4. The first tie-breaker tallies the number of scoring blows each boxer recorded. Both the American and Russian boxers connected on 35 blows.
The judges' decision was the second tiebreaker.
The 18-year-old Augustan has established himself as one of the premiere amateurs in the nation the past two years. After securing a bronze medal at the 1997 USA Boxing Championship, Hudson returned from Colorado Springs in March as the 1998 USA Boxing champion. He is also the two-time defending US Challenge gold medalist.
His seven national junior championships make Hudson the most prolific amateur Georgia has ever produced. He is currently ranked No. 1 nationally in the 132-pound open division.
The Americans suffered another defeat Friday when 19-year-old Andrei Mishin of Russia outpointed 18-year-old Larry Mosley of Los Angeles 11-3 in the 147-pound final.
Mosley, a U.S. national champion, appeared tight in the early rounds and simply could not solve the defense of Mishin, who scored effectively with right jabs and hooks.
The first Cuban to win was Maikro Romero, a 25-year-old Olympic champion and reigning world champion. He was just too slick and powerful for Aleksan Nalbaniyan of Russia and scored a 10-5 decision at 106 pounds.
The Cubans suffered a loss at 119 pounds in dramatic fashion. Timur Tulyakov of Uzbekistan was trailing Waldemar Font 14-13 when he evened the score with a right to the head with 15 seconds remaining and won 15-14 with another right to the head just before the bell.