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Mate Parlov

Full name: Mate Parlov
Other name(s): Мате Парлов
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: November 16, 1948 in Split, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija, Croatia
Died: July 29, 2008 in Pula, Istarska županija, Croatia
Affiliations: BK Pula
Country: YUG Yugoslavia
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Mate Parlov won the first of his Yugoslav amateur titles at the age of eighteen and would go on to win eight national titles between 1967 and 1974. He made his Olympic debut in Mexico City where he lost in the quarter-finals to the eventual gold medallist, [Chris Finnegan]. After losing in the final of the 1969 European Championships, he won the title in both 1971 and 1973 and was also five times champion of the Balkans.

Despite not being known as a heavy puncher he stopped three of his four opponents at the 1972 Olympics including a technical knockout of Cuba’s [Gilberto Carrillo] to win the Gold medal. In 1974 he won the won the light-heavyweight class at the inaugural World Amateur Championships in Havana.

Parlov took the opportunity to turn professional and won twelve of his first thirteen fights before successfully challenging for the European light-heavyweight title. After defending the European title twice he met [Miquel Angel Cuello] for the WBC World light-heavyweight title in January 1978. The two men had been scheduled to meet in the quarter-finals at the Munich Olympics but Cuetto had been forced to withdraw injured. Parlov knocked out the Argentine in the ninth round in Milan to become the first professional world champion from a communist country. Parlov lost the title on his second defence and would later challenge for the World cruiserweight title without success.

After retiring from the ring he ran a coffee bar but would return to boxing as a coach to the 1984 Yugoslav Olympic boxing team. A very popular figure in his native Croatia, he was voted the outstanding Croatian sportsman of the 20th century.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Boxing Men's Middleweight Yugoslavia YUG 5T
1972 Summer 23 München Boxing Men's Light-Heavyweight Yugoslavia YUG 1 Gold

Men's Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Boxing Yugoslavia YUG Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 1968-10-22 Finnegan (GBR) , Parlov (YUG) 0 58 59 59 58 57 291
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Boxing Yugoslavia YUG Round Two Match #6 1 1968-10-17 Parlov (YUG) , van Ispelen (NED) 4 58 59 60 59 60 296 decision
1968 Summer 19 Ciudad de México Boxing Yugoslavia YUG Round One Match #14 1 1968-10-15 Parlov (YUG) , Ahidous (MAR) 5 60 60 60 60 60 300 decision

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R T JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1972 Summer 23 München Boxing Yugoslavia YUG Final Round Match 1/2 1 1972-09-10 Parlov (YUG) , Carrillo (CUB) referee stops contest 2 2:39
1972 Summer 23 München Boxing Yugoslavia YUG Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1972-09-08 Parlov (YUG) , Gortat (POL) decision 5 59 59 59 59 59 295
1972 Summer 23 München Boxing Yugoslavia YUG Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1972-09-07 Parlov (YUG) walkover
1972 Summer 23 München Boxing Yugoslavia YUG Round Two Match #8 1 1972-09-02 Parlov (YUG) , Tóth (HUN) referee stops contest 2 2:02
1972 Summer 23 München Boxing Yugoslavia YUG Round One Match #15 1 1972-08-28 Parlov (YUG) , Hassan (CHA) referee stops contest 2 2:39
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