ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Two Southland boxers were defeated in their gold-medal bouts at the Goodwill Games on Saturday.
Super-heavyweight Lance Whitaker of Northridge lost by 17-0 to Russian Alexi Lezin, and flyweight Carlos Navarro of Los Angeles was defeated by Cuba's Waldemar Font, 18-14. Light-heavyweight Benjamin McDowell of Fort Bragg, N.C., gave the United States its only boxing gold medal by defeating Dihosvany Vega of Cuba, 9-7.
Cuba finished with six gold medals and Russia won five in the 12 weight classes.
Russia won the women's team title with 113.375 points, with Romania taking the silver medal with 116.000 and Ukraine the bronze with 115.650. The United States was fourth with 115.375. Russia's Dina Kochetkova had the top score, 39.15 points, with world champion Shannon Miller third with 38.875.
Townsend Saunders of Phoenix won the 149.5-pound gold medal, beating Vadim Bogeev of Russia, 6-5. Two-time Olympic champion Makharbek Khadartsev of Russia won the 198-pound title, defeating world champion Melvin Douglas of Mesa, Ariz., 1-0.
Russia won the gold medal, beating Germany, 11-9. Italy won the bronze, defeating Spain, 9-8.
Russia's Vyachesla Dzhavanyan won the opening event, the 77-mile road race, edging Britain's David Williams. Both were timed in 2:44:33.