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Cuban defector arrives in Germany to turn pro

Updated: June 12, 2008, 6:01 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Cuban amateur boxing star Erislandy Lara arrived Thursday in Germany, where he will turn pro after fleeing his home country.

Lara, a 25-year-old welterweight, tried to defect from Cuba along with two-time Olympic gold medalist Gulliermo Rigondeaux during last July's Pan-American Games in Brazil, but was arrested and sent back to Cuba.

He left Cuba on a speedboat to Mexico, where he received a provisional passport on Tuesday before arriving in Hamburg, according to Arena-Box Promotion, ...

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