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Teófilo Stevenson

Full name: Teófilo Stevenson Laurence
Nickname(s): Pirolo
Gender: Male
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: March 29, 1952 in Puerto Padre, Las Tunas, Cuba
Died: June 11, 2012 in Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
Country: CUB Cuba
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

It is safe to describe Téofilo Stevenson as the greatest heavyweight boxer never to be the world's professional champion. In fact, Stevenson never even fought for the title because he never turned professional. Stevenson's first international appearance was in 1971 at the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, where he lost a decision in the semi-finals to the United States' Duane Bobick and took bronze. In 1972 at München, Stevenson won a re-match with Bobick en route to winning his first Olympic gold medal. Stevenson also won the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in 1976 and 1980, making him one of only three men to win three Olympic boxing gold medals (Hungary's László Papp and Félix Savón are the others). In addition, Stevenson won golds at the 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games, and was world amateur champion in 1974, 1978, and 1986. It is likely that Stevenson would have won a fourth Olympic gold medal at Los Angeles, had the Cubans not boycotted the 1984 Olympics. American professional boxing promoters coveted Stevenson's talent, his good looks, and body-builder like body. But he refused all entreaties to turn professional and remained an amateur to continue boxing for the honor of his country.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 20 München Boxing Men's Heavyweight Cuba CUB 1 Gold
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Boxing Men's Heavyweight Cuba CUB 1 Gold
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Boxing Men's Heavyweight Cuba CUB 1 Gold

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R T JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
1972 Summer 20 München Boxing Cuba CUB Final Round Match 1/2 1 1972-09-10 Stevenson (CUB) walkover
1972 Summer 20 München Boxing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1972-09-08 Stevenson (CUB) , Hussing (FRG) referee stops contest 2 1:03
1972 Summer 20 München Boxing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1972-09-06 Stevenson (CUB) , Bobick (USA) referee stops contest 3 1:48
1972 Summer 20 München Boxing Cuba CUB Round One Match #3 1 1972-09-03 Stevenson (CUB) , Denderys (POL) referee stops contest 1 3:00
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Boxing Cuba CUB Final Round Match 1/2 1 1976-07-31 Stevenson (CUB) , Simion (ROU) retired 3 2:35
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Boxing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1976-07-29 Stevenson (CUB) , Tate (USA) knock-out 1 1:29
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Boxing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1976-07-28 Stevenson (CUB) , Ruokola (FIN) referee stops contest (head blow) 1 1:55
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Boxing Cuba CUB Round Two Match #3 1 1976-07-26 Stevenson (CUB) , Drame (SEN) knock-out 2 0:58
1976 Summer 24 Montréal Boxing Cuba CUB Round One Match #6 1 1976-07-22 Stevenson (CUB) bye
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Boxing Cuba CUB Final Round Match 1/2 1 1980-08-02 Stevenson (CUB) , Zayev (URS) decision 4 59 59 58 60 59 295
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Boxing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1980-07-31 Stevenson (CUB) , Lévai (HUN) decision 5 60 60 60 60 60 300
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Boxing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1980-07-29 Stevenson (CUB) , Skrzecz (POL) knock-out 3 2:12
1980 Summer 28 Moskva Boxing Cuba CUB Round One Match #3 1 1980-07-25 Stevenson (CUB) , Ataga (NGR) knock-out 1 2:49