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Golden Boy signs recently defected Cuban boxers Barthelemy, Lara

Updated: June 17, 2008, 11:03 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Yan Barthelemy and Erislandy Lara, two star Cuban boxers who recently defected from their Communist nation, agreed to co-promotion deals Tuesday with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

"It takes special talent to excel for so many years in the Cuban amateur system," said De La Hoya, a U.S. gold medalist in 1992. "I know that Yan and Erislandy will use that experience to soar through their professional careers."

Barthelemy (6-0), a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, defected ...

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