Gabriel Maestre, captain of the Venezuelan Boxing Team, announced his retirement from the Tokyo Olympics, after informing that he will focus on his professional career.
Maestre, in a letter thanked the Venezuelan Boxing Federation, the Venezuelan Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sports, for the support during his career as an athlete.
He also recalled his participation in the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games and assured that he proudly defended the colors of his country.
"Defending Venezuela in an Olympic or other fair has always been a source of pride for me and I have done it with the seriousness and responsibility that this merits," he said.
The WBA title is the goal
The Barcelona-born said that he will focus on his professional career and indicated that he will have a fight on August 7 against Cody Crowley.
The goal of the Venezuelan fighter is to achieve the world title of the World Boxing Association (WBA) of welterweight, where he is placed in position 4 of the ranking.
The one from Barcelona as a professional boxer has a record of 3 victories without defeats, all of them by way of knockout.
Maestre, 34, in his amateur career won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto 2015 and South American Games in Cochabamba in 2018; and a bronze medal at the AIBA World Championships in Almaty in 2013 and Pan American Games in Lima in 2019.
On the other hand, he did not miss the opportunity to wish success to the 43 athletes who will travel to Tokyo.