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    RIP Cuban Heavyweight Legend Teofilo Stevenson

    Check out the dude at the 1:15 mark.

    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnw2VWVRA-o[/url]

    [url]http://www.chron.com/sports/article/Olympic-boxer-Teofilo-Stevenson-dies-3625994.php[/url]

    [B][SIZE="3"]Olympic boxer Teofilo Stevenson dies[/SIZE][/B]
    ANNE-MARIE GARCIA, Associated Press

    HAVANA (AP) Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, has died. He was 60.

    "The Cuban sporting family was moved today by the passing of one of the greatest of all time," said a statement read on the news Monday night. He died of heart disease, it added.

    Earlier a sports official, speaking on condition of anonymity lacking authorization to pre-empt an official announcement, said Stevenson had a heart attack.

    Considered by some to be the most accomplished amateur boxer in history, Stevenson first won gold in 1972 in Munich and followed that up in 1976 at Montreal.

    "The Olympic Games in Munich and Montreal are the fondest memories I have from my life, the best stage of my career," he told The Associated Press earlier this year.

    In 1980, he won his third Olympic title in Moscow, becoming the second boxer to win gold at three separate games after Hungarian Lazlo Papp. Felix Savon, Stevenson's countryman, accomplished the feat in 2000.

    Known affectionately on the island by the nickname "Pirolo," Stevenson was famous for his punishing right, polished technique, deft hand and footwork, and his sportsmanship.

    Stevenson was born March 29, 1952, to a family of modest means, in Las Tunas province in eastern Cuba. He fought in his first match at the age of 14, and two years later won his first international title in the Central American and Caribbean championship.

    As his accomplishments grew, boxing fans began salivating over the prospect of a "fight of the century" pitting him against Muhammad Ali. But Cuba insisted that he not lose his amateur status, and the bout never took place.

    After Stevenson won his first world title in 1974, Sports Illustrated ran the headline: "He'd Rather Be Red Than Rich."

    Stevenson won world amateur titles again in 1978 and 1986, and was forced to pass up a shot at a fourth Olympic gold when Cuba did not attend the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. He retired in 1988 after Cuba decided to skip the Seoul Olympics as well.

    Stevenson passed up millions by not leaving Communist-run Cuba to turn pro, but expressed no remorse.

    "I prefer the affection of 8 million Cubans," he once said.

    In January, Stevenson spent 15 days in intensive care after doctors detected a clot in an artery near his heart. He was released in early February and was surprised at the outpouring of media reports that his condition was grave.

    "People called me from all over Cuba, from other parts of the world, even from Miami," Stevenson said.

    In his later years, Stevenson served as vice president of Cuba's boxing federation and at the island's national sports institute. He had two children.

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    At least he is not making people suffer any longer.

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    [QUOTE=JStokes;4490051]"I prefer the affection of 8 million Cubans," he once said.


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    How'd that work out for ya?


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    Screw that Commie bastard....nothing like beatin' up on a bunch of amatuers..

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    Kind of weird to hear Gloria Estafan as the background to a boxing highlight.

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    Saw this earlier and emailed my old man...a VERY VERY avid boxer. (and I said avid as in A-V-I-D)...

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    [QUOTE=32green;4490064]How'd that work out for ya?


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    You OK?

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan;4490119]Saw this earlier and emailed my old man...a VERY VERY avid boxer. (and I said avid as in A-V-I-D)...[/QUOTE]

    Your old man was a radical evangelist AND an avid boxer? Man I thought my family was screwed up

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    [QUOTE=shakin318;4490134]Your old man was a radical evangelist AND an avid boxer? Man I thought my family was screwed up[/QUOTE]

    He used to practice on me....lol....

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    RIP

    I remember thinking how the Soviets and the Cubans never let there athletes turn pro, even though they were seasoned enough to be pros, and I felt like that was cheating.

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan;4490119]Saw this earlier and emailed my old man...a VERY VERY avid boxer. (and I said avid as in A-V-I-D)...[/QUOTE]

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    Has he fought anyone I might know recently?

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    [QUOTE=gunnails;4490139]RIP

    I remember thinking how the Soviets and the Cubans never let there athletes turn pro, even though they were seasoned enough to be pros, and I felt like that was cheating.[/QUOTE]

    he would have been a great pro. watching him box was like a man fighting boys.

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    Teh racism is strong in this thread.

    How about a little respect for some dead commie?

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    [QUOTE=southparkcpa;4490167]he would have been a great pro. watching him box was like a man fighting boys.[/QUOTE]

    He was like Sandusky?

    I'm confused.

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    [QUOTE=AFCEastFan;4490132]You OK?[/QUOTE]

    Fabulous!

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    whu happen




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    Did anyone see Guillermo Rigondeaux (yes, I had to google, cut and paste to get the correct spelling) on the Pacman undercard the other day? Talk about a great Cuban boxer - knocked down the other fighter 5 times in 5 rounds. Was devastating.

    He has amazing balance - probably the best I've ever seen, and that left - wow! Or should I say, Pow! Great story about him on ESPN about his defection etc - counted as one of the best amatuer fighters in history.

    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETi8f9c1324[/url]

    Edit: Pacman's trainer said he's the most talented fighter he's ever seen - that's saying something.
    Last edited by Soberphobia; 06-13-2012 at 12:33 AM.

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