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Roberto Balado

Full name: Roberto Balado Méndez
Nickname(s): El Rey
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 201 lbs (91 kg)
Born: February 15, 1969 in Jovellanos, Matanzas, Cuba
Died: June 2, 1994 in Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
Country: CUB Cuba
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


A relatively small super-heavyweight by modern standards, Roberto Balado was as fast and agile as fighters in much lower weight divisions. Although he was World Junior Champion in 1987 he was initially overshadowed in Cuba by Leonardo Martinez but when Martinez was injured before the 1991 world championships Balado inherited his place and went on to win the gold medal. He was defeated in the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle but won every other major tournament he entered including three world titles and Pan-American Games gold in 1991. Roberto was considered by many to have a strong chance of equalling compatriot Teofilio Stevenson’s three Olympic gold in the highest weight category but on the morning of June 2nd, 1994 he was fatally injured when his car was struck by a train at a railway crossing.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Boxing Men's Super-Heavyweight Cuba CUB 1 Gold

Men's Super-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR S
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Boxing Cuba CUB Final Round Match 1/2 1 1992-08-09 Balado (CUB) , Igbeneghu (NGR) decision 13
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Boxing Cuba CUB Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1992-08-07 Balado (CUB) , Nielsen (DEN) decision 15
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Boxing Cuba CUB Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1992-08-04 Balado (CUB) , Donald (USA) decision 10
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Boxing Cuba CUB Round Two Match #3 1 1992-07-31 Balado (CUB) , Glesby (CAN) decision 16
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Boxing Cuba CUB Round One Match #6 1 1992-07-27 Balado (CUB) bye
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