Local match-up (71 kg), Las Tunas, Cuba, October 1966 (debut): National Youth Championships (+81 kg), Camagüey, Cuba, 1968. Due to his large size, Teófilo senior was encouraged into boxing by local trainers, fighting seven times before becoming disillusioned by the corrupt payment structure on offer to young fighters. But we'll never know," said Don King.[8]. The cause was a heart attack, the government-run Radio Havana Cuba said. Central America and the Caribbean Championships, (Bobick knocked down twice in the 3rd rd), (Hussing knocked down twice in the 2rd rd), (Brown knocked down at 1:19 of the 3rd rd), (Clark was given a standing eight count at 2:12 of the 1st rd; Clark knocked down at 1:55 of the 3rd rd; Cuban referee Romelio Santiago repeatedly issued warnings for lunging to Clark), (Biggs knocked down at 2:05 of the 3rd rd; Biggs suffered three ribs broken). Stevenson, whose boxing career was subsidized by the Cuban government, remained loyal to Castro, but his motivation in deciding against turning pro in the United States by defecting may have been more nuanced than he let on at the time. Teofilo passed away on June 11, 2012 at the age of 60 in Cuba. Teofilo Stevenson, who won three Olympic gold medals while boxing for Cuba and was considered one of the greatest heavyweights ever, died from a heart attack … Stevenson was left holding the bag, but he’d also do what he’d never done as a younger man, when… May 30, 1987: Teofilo Stevenson UD15 James “Buster” Douglas. He answered: "Stevenson would undoubtedly become champion of the world." “For professional boxers, the money is a trap. Field: Sports: Info: Cuban boxer who won three Olympic heavyweight gold medals: Date of Birth: 03/23/1952: Date of Death: 06/11/2012: Age at Death: 60: Cause of Death: Heart attack: Link(s) with more info: (opens in a new window) His survivors include two children. He became the first Olympic boxer to capture three gold medals in the same division. Stevenson might have won a fourth Olympic gold if Cuba had not boycotted the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. "I will not trade the Cuban people for all the dollars in the world," Stevenson was heard to say. He started to work as a boxing trainer and sports functionary. Eventually Teófilo Sr. broke the news to his wife, who was furious; but she agreed to acquiesce on the provision that the boy was accompanied by his father. Felix Savon of Cuba, who idolized Stevenson while a young boxer, won three Olympic heavyweight titles from 1992 to 2000. [17], —George Foreman speaks on Stevenson's performance vs. Stevenson got his name into the history books in two ways. Various western estimates totaling his record to 500+ fights,[16] including there hundreds of unaccounted tough sparrings with a degree of aliveness outstanding for amateur boxing, which paid off with such an excellent career (his fearsome reputation alone brought him 22 walkover wins, and a number of byes to skip unnecessary encounters with a limited opposition. It also established Stevenson as the world's premier amateur heavyweight boxer. Death: 11 Jun 2012 (aged 60) ... memorial page for Teófilo Stevenson (29 Mar 1952–11 Jun 2012), Find a Grave Memorial no. Professional sports throughout the island had been outlawed since 1962 by government resolution 83-A, and all boxing activity had come under the guidance of the government sponsored National Boxing Commission. After knocking out three opponents at the Munich Olympics in September 1972, including Duane Bobick of the United States, Stevenson was approached by an American promoter, who offered him $1 million to turn pro on the spot. Rumors that he had been murdered by gangsters added to his mystique, but the cause of death was thought to be a brain edema, possibly resulting from an adverse reaction to medication. “I didn’t need the money because it was going to mess up my life,” he told The Tribune in 2003. The newspaper believed that the motives for the alleged provocation were somehow to cast a shadow upon a Cuban sports star.[20]. And on top of it, Vysotsky scored his first victory over Stevenson at the Córdova Cardín, Cubans' home tournament, where they do their best to never let any foreigner get into the finals. He is arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer who never became world champion. HAVANA (AP) — Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, has died. Stevenson, now twenty, joined the Cuban boxing team for the Munich Olympics of 1972. I fought Teofilo twice. DM Photo: Retired triple Olympic champion Teofilo Stevenson talks to … I took the first two opponents, both being Cuban, out early. Died: June 11, 2012 ( heart failure) Birthplace: Puerto Padre, Cuba. In the semifinals at Montreal, Stevenson knocked out John Tate, a future World Boxing Association heavyweight champion. Some news media reports said he was a native of Jamaica, but he said in a 2003 interview with The Chicago Tribune in Havana that he was born in the Cuban town of Puerto Padre. Bobick did make the Olympic squad and was beaten by the Cuban gold medallist Teofilo Stevenson. Bobick, a gold medalist at the 1971 Pan American Games, had beaten Stevenson previously. Clyde McPhatter was one of the most influential R&B singers of the '50s and early '60s. Teofilo Stevenson. View their obituary at Legacy.com By then, he had become a national hero in Cuba. After a close first round, Stevenson lost the second, but a ferocious display in the third round knocked Bobick to the canvas three times and the contest was stopped. Ever heard of Teofilo Stevenson? Boxing great Teófilo Stevenson turned down $5 million to stay in Cuba; Yasiel Puig took $42 million to leave. Savón stepped in the ring himself at age 14, and at age 16 won the Cuban junior national championship. His boxing career started with a captured bronze medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, losing to Olympic boxing legend Teófilo Stevenson. Duane Bobick received an inordinate amount of press coverage in the time leading up to the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. In the 1970s and early ’80s, when Cuba emerged as a power in international boxing, he dominated worldwide amateur boxing in its most prestigious division, winning three world amateur championships. The situation ended in numerous deaths. Not so much because of their accomplishments – Stevenson won three Olympic gold medals for Cuba and Rigondeaux had won two but was widely expected to be the first to win four. VI Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Guantánamo, Cuba, November 1968: VII Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Nueva Gerona, Cuba, December 1969: Local match-up (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, 1970: I Central America and the Caribbean Championships (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, September 1970: III Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, October 1970: VI Friendship Youth Tournament (+81 kg), Vidin, Bulgaria, October 1970: Cuba–Czechoslovakia Duals (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, March 1971: Czechoslovakia–Cuba Duals (+81 kg), Prague, Czechoslovakia, March 1971: Yugoslavia–Cuba Duals (+81 kg), Titograd, Yugoslavia, April 1971: Austria–Cuba Duals (+81 kg), Vienna, Austria, May 1971: IV Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, June 1971: Panama–Cuba Duals (+81 kg), Panama City, Panama, June 1971: Cuba–Bulgaria Duals (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, July 1971: Pan American Games (+81 kg), Cali, Colombia, August 1971: Local match-up (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, September 1971: III TSC Tournament (+81 kg), Berlin, East Germany, October 1971: Cuba–USSR Duals (+81 kg), Berlin, East Germany, October 1971: IX Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Nueva Gerona, Cuba, October–November 1971 (no medal awarded): II Central America and the Caribbean Championships (+81 kg), San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 1971: VII Friendship Youth Tournament (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, December 1971: Cuba–USSR Duals (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, January 1972: X Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, February–March 1972: Cuba–Romania Duals (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, April 1972: Czechoslovakia–Cuba Duals (+81 kg), Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia, April 1972: GDR–Cuba Duals (+81 kg), Berlin, East Germany, 1972: III Chemistry Cup (+81 kg), Halle, East Germany, May 1972: Local match-up (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, May 1972: V Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, July 1972: XX Summer Olympics (+81 kg), Munich, West Germany, September 1972: III Central America and the Caribbean Championships (+81 kg), San José, Costa Rica, November 1972: XI Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, February 1973: Golden Belt Tournament (+81 kg), Bucharest, Romania, April 1973: VI Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, July 1973: IV Central America and the Caribbean Championships (+81 kg), Mexico City, Mexico, November 1973: XII Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, January 1974: 1974 Central American and Caribbean Games (+81 kg), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, March 1974: Golden Belt Tournament (+81 kg), Bucharest, Romania, May 1974: VII Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Camagüey, Cuba, July 1974: World Championships (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, August 1974: V Central America and the Caribbean Championships (+81 kg), Caracas, Venezuela, December 1974: XIII Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, January 1975: INDER Anniversary Festival (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, February 1975: XV Honvéd Cup (+81 kg), Budapest, Hungary, March 1975: Golden Belt Tournament (+81 kg), Bucharest, Romania, April 1975: VIII Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Las Villas, Cuba, July 1975: Pan American Games (+81 kg), Mexico City, Mexico, October 1975: Local match-up (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, December 1975: XIV Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Camagüey, Cuba, January 1976: Jamaica–Cuba Duals (+81 kg), Kingston, Jamaica, February 1976: Usov Memorial Tournament (+81 kg), Minsk, Belarus SSR, April 1976: IX Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Pinar del Río, Cuba, May 1976: XXI Summer Olympics (+81 kg), Maurice Richard Arena, Montreal, Canada, July 1976: Local match-up (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, February 1977: Local match-up (+81 kg), Camagüey, Cuba, April 1977: Local match-up (+81 kg), Matanzas, Cuba, April 1977: Local match-up (+81 kg), Bayamo, Cuba, April 1977: I Battle of Carabobo International Tournament (+81 kg), Caracas, Venezuela, June 1977: X Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Matanzas, Cuba, July 1977: VIII Central America and the Caribbean Championships (+81 kg), Panama City, Panama, August 1977: XVI Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Camagüey, Cuba, January 1978: Cuba–USA Duals (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, February 1978: XXIX Strandzha Cup (+81 kg), Sofia, Bulgaria, March 1978: Golden Belt Tournament (+81 kg), Bucharest, Romania, March 1978: XI Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Cienfuegos, Cuba, April 1978: World Championships (+81 kg), Belgrade, Yugoslavia, May 1978: National Team Championships (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, September 1978: USA–Cuba Duals (+81 kg), Madison Square Garden, New York City, October 1978: XVII Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Guantánamo, Cuba, January 1979: Cuba–USA Duals (+81 kg), Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva, Havana, Cuba, February 1979: VIII Chemistry Cup (+81 kg), Halle, East Germany, March 1979: Golden Belt Tournament (+81 kg), Bucharest, Romania, March 1979: XII Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Havana, Cuba, May 1979: VIII Pan American Games (+81 kg), Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 1979: National Team Championships (+81 kg), Puerto Padre, Cuba, September 1979: XVIII Playa Girón National Championships (+81 kg), Pinar del Río, Cuba, January 1980: USA–Cuba Duals (+81 kg), Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, February 1980: XI Ústí nad Labem Grand Prix (+81 kg) Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia, April 1980: XX Honvéd Cup (+81 kg), Budapest, Hungary, April 1980: XIII Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+81 kg), Holguín, Cuba, May–June 1980: XXII Summer Olympics (+81 kg), Moscow, Soviet Union, July–August 1980: XIX Playa Girón National Championships (+91 kg), Matanzas, Cuba, January–February 1981: Local match-up (+91 kg), San José, Cuba, June 1981: XX Playa Girón National Championships (+91 kg), Cienfuegos, Cuba, January 1982: XI Chemistry Cup (+91 kg), Halle, East Germany, March 1982: XV Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+91 kg), Guantánamo, Cuba, May 1982: World Championships (+91 kg), Munich, West Germany, May 1982: XIV Central American and Caribbean Games (+91 kg), Havana, Cuba, August 1982: USA–Cuba Duals (+91 kg), Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, November 1982: XXI Playa Girón National Championships (+91 kg), Las Tunas, Cuba, January 1983: XVI Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+91 kg), Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, August 1983: North American Championships (+91 kg), Houston, Texas, September 1983: XXII Playa Girón National Championships (+91 kg), Manzanillo, Cuba, January 1984: USA–Cuba Duals (+91 kg), Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, February 1984: XIII Chemistry Cup (+91 kg), Halle, East Germany, March–April 1984: AIBA International Challenge (+91 kg), Los Angeles, California, April 1984: Intercup (+91 kg), Karlsruhe, West Germany, May 1984: Cuba–USSR Duals (+91 kg), Havana, Cuba, August 1984: Friendship Games (+91 kg), Havana, Cuba, August 1984: III TSC Tournament (+81 kg), Berlin, East Germany, September 1984: XXIII Playa Girón National Championships (+91 kg), Nueva Gerona, Cuba, January 1985: VI Military Spartakiad of the Friendly Armies of the Socialist Countries (+91 kg), Bydgoszcz, Poland, August 1985: IV TSC Tournament (+91 kg), Berlin, East Germany, September 1985: XXI Vaclav Prochazka Memorial (+91 kg), Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, October 1985: XXIV Playa Girón National Championships (+91 kg), Havana, Cuba, January 1986: XXXVII Strandzha Cup (+91 kg), Sofia, Bulgaria, February 1986: XV Chemistry Cup (+91 kg), Halle, East Germany, March 1986: XVII Ústí nad Labem Grand Prix (+91 kg) Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia, March 1986: XIX Giraldo Córdova Cardín Tournament (+91 kg), Guantánamo, Cuba, April 1986: World Championships (+91 kg), Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, May 1986: He finished his twenty-years-long career having 332 fights under his belt, with a record of 302 wins, 22 losses (only 1 by knockout,) and 8 draws. (AP Photo, file) FILE - In this Aug. 2, 1980, file photo, after winning his third Olympic heavyweight championship gold medal, Cuba's Teofilo Stevenson waves to the crowd at the Moscow Olympic Games. "Stevenson would have been phenomenal as a pro, he could have been in the same class as Muhammad Ali or Joe Frazier. [2], At his prime in the 1970s, Stevenson dominance in the amateur heavyweight division coincided with Muhammad Ali's reign as the world's heavyweight champion in professional boxing. But money is a small part of the dilemma facing Cuban athletes. Less than two years after his successful performance at the Munich Olympics, Stevenson, then 22-year-old, was rewarded with a house for himself in Havana and another for himself and his family in Delicias. BOXING legend Teofilo Stevenson was forced to pull out of a fundraising dinner after being barred from leaving Cuba. Although he hailed from the tiny town of Bowlus, Minnesota, he had honed his boxing skills in the U.S. Navy. Stevenson participated at the 1982 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Munich, but lost to the eventual silver medalist and future professional world champion Francesco Damiani from Italy. Félix Savón is the Cuban boxer who won three Olympic gold medals as the dominant amateur heavyweight of the 1980s and 1990s. "Our country has the obligation of solving the problems of all citizens—the problems of their nourishment, housing, education and health," he said. In the Munich quarterfinals Stevenson scored a technical knockout over Duane Bobick of the United States, who had beaten him at the 1971 Pan American Games. Tate. Félix Savón was born in rural Cuba and grew up watching legendary heavyweight (and fellow Cuban) Teófilo Stevenson win Olympic gold three times. He might have become a five-time Olympic champion had the Cuban authorities allowed the Cuban boxing team to participate in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, which they boycotted. Cuban exiles, whose vast diaspora reside in Florida) for provoking the incident, alleging that the Cuban American National Foundation organised a public gathering to abuse Stevenson when he returned to Miami airport after his arrest. Teófilo Stevenson was born on March 29, 1952, one of five children. One, he became a world champion, winning the IBF’s version of the heavyweight title. [5] Chervonenko, a retired boxer himself, sent by the Soviet Union, who had created Cuba's Escuela de Boxeo (Boxing school) in a derelict old gym in Havana, began to champion Stevenson's progress. [11], Stevenson might have won a fourth gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics, but the Soviet Union boycotted the games, which were hosted by Los Angeles, in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow competition. "[10] Stevenson went to the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and became the second boxer ever, after Papp, to win three Olympic boxing gold medals. Stevenson retired in 1987. He scored knockouts or technical knockouts in nine of his Olympic bouts, won two others by a three-round decision and won the final in 1972 when his Romanian opponent defaulted because of an injury. (Papp won as a middleweight and light middleweight in the 1940s and ’50s.) Born: March 29, 1952. Teofilo Stevenson died at 60 years old. Stevenson refused the offer, however, asking "What is one million dollars compared to the love of eight million Cubans? He was 60. The Cuban state newspaper Trabajadores blamed what it described as the "Miami mafia" (i.e. Cuba, he said. ESB EXCLUSIVE Interview! But the U.S. Treasury Department did not allow the series, saying that it violated terms of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. It had been reported earlier by an anonymous sports official that Stevenson had suffered a heart attack. He grew up in Cuba and began boxing as a teenager at a gym where his father, who loaded sugar onto ships, sparred recreationally. He also beat future heavyweight champion Greg Page by 2 close decisions, one in the quarterfinals of the 1975 National Golden Gloves tournament. Stevenson died on 11 June 2012 of a heart attack in Havana at the age of 60. According to Stevenson, an "agitator" approached him at the airport shouting insults against the Cuban government and other things, which are sensitive to any Cuban. [12] Defeat in the final after three victories was considered no shame, and Stevenson firmly established himself as Cuba's premier heavyweight. A forthcoming documentary by Brin-Jonathan Butler, Split Decision, contains the last known interview with Stevenson. He was admitted to a hospital in Phoenix this week after suffering from respiratory problems, but the official cause of death was 'septic shock due to unspecified natural causes', a family spokesman revealed. Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, has died at the age of 60 from a heart attack. Cuba's three-time Olympic heavyweight champion Teofilo Stevenson has died at the age of 60, according to reports. Stevenson's second loss to Vysotsky happened six weeks before his knockout winning streak at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, which ended up with a victories over John Tate and Mircea Șimon. ... and was an icon for Cuba and the revolution right up until his death in 2012. [22] He is survived by his two children.[23]. He was 60. He became a Cuban junior champion, then began his long international reign when he won Olympic gold at Munich, fighting out of an upright style with an effective jab and his right hand cocked, waiting for an opening. His opening bout against experienced Polish fighter Ludwik Denderys began dramatically when Stevenson knocked the other man down within thirty seconds of the opening bell. He had 301 victories in 321 bouts over a 20-year career, according to Radio Havana Cuba. The obituary was featured in Legacy on June 12, 2012. [2] King's top rival Arum almost succeeded and came the closest to pulling off an Ali-Stevenson matchup when the Cubans accepted his $1 million offer for five three-round exhibition fights. The money always goes into other people’s hands.”, Teófilo Stevenson, Cuban Boxing Great, Dies at 60. [8] Stevenson, when he finally met Ali, suggested to Ali to arrange a three- or four-round fight. He was later vice president of Cuba’s boxing federation and its national sports institute and lived in a suburb of Havana. Vysotsky later revealed in his interview to East Side Boxing:[13]. The victory made the entire amateur boxing world take notice of Stevenson as a serious heavyweight contender.[7]. [19], Stevenson turned down several lucrative offers to go pro, which came from various internationally well-known U.S. boxing kingpins, most notably from Don King and Bob Arum. The Cuban boxing team won three gold medals, their first in Olympic boxing history, as well as one silver and one bronze. He won the last of his three world titles, at Reno, Nev., in 1986, when he was 34. Teófilo senior arrived in Cuba in 1923, finding work wherever he could, before settling in Camagüey with Dolores, where he gave English lessons to top up his meagre earnings. Celebrities, actors, musicians, artists, politicians and famous people who died in 2012.By clicking on each name from the below list, you can find their biography, birthday, age at death, date of death, location of death and even cause of their death. His loss by a split decision to Aleksandr Lukstin of the Soviet Union in the finals of the 1983 Córdova Cardín, as the Soviet head coach Kontsantin Koptsev later admitted, was due to a plaster-like tape they handwrapped Lukstin's fists instead of a regular elastic-band hand wrapping. There were reports that Stevenson was offered millions to fight in the United States. [9] If he had accepted, it would have made Stevenson the second boxer to go straight from the Olympics into a professional debut with the world's Heavyweight crown on the line, after Pete Rademacher. His mother Dolores Lawrence was a native Cuban, but her parents were immigrants from the Anglophone island of Saint Kitts. Teófilo Stevenson Death. Amateur career. The fight was stopped moments later due to a large cut next to the Pole's eye. "I envisioned a fight that would be attended by the two presidents, Fidel Castro and Jimmy Carter," Chen said. Proceeding to the quarter finals, Stevenson met American boxer Duane Bobick. RIAN archive 581839 Boxer Teofilo Stevenson talks with journalist.jpg 1,024 × 714; 233 KB Teófilo Stevenson 1996 stamp of Nicaragua.jpg 274 × 410; 207 KB Александр Кашин, Теофило Стивенсон.jpg 1,784 × 1,212; 208 KB Stevenson won the heavyweight title at the 1972 Games in Munich, the 1976 Games in Montreal and the 1980 Games in Moscow, which were boycotted by the United States to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Jackie Robinson / Cause of death Jackie Robinson, who made history in 1947 by becoming the first black baseball player in the major leagues, suffered a heart attack in his home in Stamford, Conn., yesterday morning and died at Stamford Hospital at 7:10 A.M. We had a saying in the USSR, “It’s easier to win the World championships than it is to win ‘Córdova Cardín’.” The second time was at a class A International tournament in Minsk, in March 1976. ... Stella Tennant's cause of death confirmed as … Along with Pete Rademacher, he was the only amateur boxer who was offered a shot at the world's heavyweight title in his potential pro debut. Stevenson is about as better fighter as I've ever seen, professional or amateur. Eventually Ali spent one week in Cuba with Stevenson, but their matchup would never happen. Stevenson died on Monday, June 11, 2012, at the age of 60. In the third, I beat Stevenson on points. Stevenson later recalled: "I had no idea the house in Delicias was going to be so big. In 1999, Stevenson was arrested for an altercation incident at Miami International Airport where, before boarding a United Airlines chartered jet of the Cuban national boxing team, he allegedly headbutted a 41-year-old United Airlines ticket counter employee, knocking him off several teeth in the process. Stevenson easily defeated German Peter Hussing in the semifinal by TKO in the 2nd round, and received his gold medal after Romanian Ion Alexe failed to appear in the final due to injury. Martha Rocha Death| Obituary – Martha Rocha sadly passed away at age 83 , Maria Martha Hacker Rocha was a Brazilian model, the first winner of Miss Brasil in … You make a lot of money, but how many boxers in history do we know that died poor? Teofilo Stevenson passed away. Payne also defeated Cuban boxing legends Teofilo Stevenson at the 1983 North American Championships in Houston, Texas, and Félix Savón [citation needed].. Professional career. Muhammad Ali v Teofilo Stevenson. Stevenson retired from boxing shortly after the 1988 Summer Olympics, which Cuba also boycotted. They remain as powerful a testament to the nature and character of the Cuban Revolution today as they did when spoken over 30 years ago. Stevenson died on 11 June 2012 of a heart attack in Havana at the age of 60. Teofilo's cause of death was heart attack. The cause was a heart attack, the government-run Radio Havana Cuba said. These were the words of legendary Cuban heavyweight boxer Teofilo Stevenson in response to a lucrative multi-million-dollar offer to turn pro and fight Muhammad Ali after the Montreal Olympics in 1976. No details had been released about his death on Monday, except that he suffered a heart attack. (AP Photo, file) In October 1999, Stevenson, who was coaching a Cuban boxing team, was arrested at Miami International Airport while returning home after he had head-butted a ticket agent, the police said. The Munich games established Cuba's dominance over the amateur sport that was to last decades. But the Castro government banned Cuban athletes from competing professionally, so he would have had to defect to take on Ali. He worked at the National Institute for Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation (INDER,) also he served as vice president of the Cuban Boxing Federation. He won the Val Barker Trophy (1972) and was honoured with the Olympic Order (1987). "It's a pity we can't solve this problem in the way we need to for everybody."[8]. [9], Teófilo Stevenson was known for two fights with Soviet boxer Igor Vysotsky, who defeated Stevenson twice. "Stevenson is a champion in all kinds of ways. After being stopped by future heavyweight title challenger Ron Lyle in 1970, he […] Teófilo Stevenson Lawrence (29 March 1952 – 11 June 2012) was a Cuban amateur boxer, who competed from 1966 to 1986. We first met at the “Córdova Cardín” tournament in 1973 in Cuba. [6], Stevenson's senior boxing career began at age seventeen with a defeat in the national championships against the experienced heavyweight Gabriel Garcia. When George Foreman was asked at the 1976 Olympics: 'What would happen if Teofilo Stevenson came to the United States to turn pro?' "We plan to use this money for social problems," an INDER official said at the time. "The Cuban sporting family was Stevenson was a formidable heavyweight fighter, standing 6 feet 5 … He has it all. [2]>, Stevenson was born in Puerto Padre, Cuba. [3] His father, Teófilo Stevenson Patterson, was an immigrant from Saint Vincent. American boxing promoters could have profited hugely from a cold war-era matchup pitting Stevenson, the product of a Communist sports system, against Ali. Central to Rigondeaux’s story is the comparison to Teofilo Stevenson. He was released on bail and did not return to Miami for a hearing. Despite the setback, Stevenson went on to register convincing victories over Nancio Carrillo and Juan Perez, two of Cuba's finest boxers in the weight division, securing a place in the national team for the 1970 Central American and Caribbean Boxing Championships. 1986 — Super heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson and lightweight Adolfo Horta of Cuba put their names into the record books by becoming the first … The Games were marred by a terrorist attack in which Palestinian militants held members of the Israeli team hostage. Payne, a 1979 graduate of Chillicothe (Ohio) High School, won the National Golden Gloves in 1983 decisioning a young Mike Tyson. Stevenson died on Monday, June 11, 2012, at the age of 60. Munich 1972 Olympic Games, athletic festival held in Munich that took place August 26–September 11, 1972. 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