Teofilo passed away on June 11, 2012 at the age of 60 in Cuba. BOXING legend Teofilo Stevenson was forced to pull out of a fundraising dinner after being barred from leaving Cuba. He was 60. 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. It was first reported by Cuban state media, stating that "the Cuban sporting family was moved today by the passing of one of the greatest of all time". Death: 11 Jun 2012 (aged 60) ... memorial page for Teófilo Stevenson (29 Mar 1952–11 Jun 2012), Find a Grave Memorial no. We first met at the “Córdova Cardín” tournament in 1973 in Cuba. Bobick became a leading pro heavyweight. I took the first two opponents, both being Cuban, out early. 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. This was the point where he was the closest to signing a professional contract, as American fight promoters offered him US $5 million to challenge world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. [9] For consolation, he beat future Olympic champion Tyrell Biggs in February 1984 (breaking three ribs in a process) and won the super heavyweight gold at the 1984 Friendship Games, defeating Ulli Kaden of East Germany and, in the final, Valeriy Abadzhyan of the Soviet Union. He won the Val Barker Trophy (1972) and was honoured with the Olympic Order (1987). 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. 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. 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After being stopped by future heavyweight title challenger Ron Lyle in 1970, he […] His boxing career started with a captured bronze medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, losing to Olympic boxing legend Teófilo Stevenson. Died: June 11, 2012 ( heart failure) Birthplace: Puerto Padre, Cuba. [8] Stevenson, when he finally met Ali, suggested to Ali to arrange a three- or four-round fight. He started to work as a boxing trainer and sports functionary. Felix Savon of Cuba, who idolized Stevenson while a young boxer, won three Olympic heavyweight titles from 1992 to 2000. [4] Under the tutelage of former national light heavyweight champion John Herrera, Teófilo junior began his career fighting far more experienced boxers, but according to Herrera, "had what it took". Eventually Ali spent one week in Cuba with Stevenson, but their matchup would never happen. "I will not trade the Cuban people for all the dollars in the world," Stevenson was heard to say. Stevenson is about as better fighter as I've ever seen, professional or amateur. He had 301 victories in 321 bouts over a 20-year career, according to Radio Havana Cuba. [3] His father, Teófilo Stevenson Patterson, was an immigrant from Saint Vincent. Stevenson was a formidable heavyweight fighter, standing 6 feet 5 … Stevenson might have won a fourth Olympic gold if Cuba had not boycotted the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. Ever heard of Teofilo Stevenson? 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. Despite his growing involvement in the sport, Stevenson had yet to tell his mother about his activities. 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 retired from boxing shortly after the 1988 Summer Olympics, which Cuba also boycotted. ), Stevenson might have captured more gold medals for his country, but the Cuban government for purely political reasons boycotted the 1984 Los Angeles Games and refused to attend the 1988 Seoul Games because North Korea was not allowed to cosponsor the event. The obituary was featured in Legacy on June 12, 2012. He won the last of his three world titles, at Reno, Nev., in 1986, when he was 34. Stevenson finished his sports career in 1988. 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. Stevenson was a formidable heavyweight fighter, standing 6 feet 5 inches, weighing 220 pounds and wielding a powerful right hand. Muhammad Ali v Teofilo Stevenson. In the third, I beat Stevenson on points. Bobick, a gold medalist at the 1971 Pan American Games, had beaten Stevenson previously. 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. HAVANA (AP) — Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, the three-time Olympic heavyweight champion with a devastating right hand and a gentlemanly demeanor, has died. The money always goes into other people’s hands.”, Teófilo Stevenson, Cuban Boxing Great, Dies at 60. Savón stepped in the ring himself at age 14, and at age 16 won the Cuban junior national championship. Stevenson did the same at the inaugural 1974 World Championships in Havana, Cuba, and then in the 1976 Summer Olympics, held in Montreal, Stevenson repeated the feat once again. [9] It was first reported by Cuban state media,[21] stating that "the Cuban sporting family was moved today by the passing of one of the greatest of all time". Apart from that attempt, Arum used a Jamaican promoter, Lucien Chen, as a mediator, to propose a $1 million fight against Leon Spinks. [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. 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. Stevenson later recalled: "I had no idea the house in Delicias was going to be so big. He is arguably the greatest heavyweight boxer who never became world champion. His victories drew the attention of Andrei Chervonenko, a head coach in Cuba's newly implemented state sports system. In the semifinals at Montreal, Stevenson knocked out John Tate, a future World Boxing Association heavyweight champion. "Stevenson would have been phenomenal as a pro, he could have been in the same class as Muhammad Ali or Joe Frazier. "I envisioned a fight that would be attended by the two presidents, Fidel Castro and Jimmy Carter," Chen said. “No, I will not leave my country for one million dollars or for much more than that,” Stevenson was quoted as saying by Sports Illustrated in 1974 in an article headlined “He’d Rather Be Red Than Rich.”, “What is a million dollars,” he added, “against eight million Cubans who love me?”. 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. [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. It also established Stevenson as the world's premier amateur heavyweight boxer. 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. Too bad Teofilo Stevenson died so young, only sixty. [4], Teófilo junior was a shiftless but bright child who at nine years old soon found himself sparring at the makeshift open-air gym his father had frequented. Although the score was 3:2, the pace of the fight forced Teófilo to take two necessary breaks to retie his gloves. Teofilo Stevenson. 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. Teofilo's cause of death was heart attack. Cuba's three-time Olympic heavyweight champion Teofilo Stevenson has died at the age of 60, according to reports. 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. The Munich games established Cuba's dominance over the amateur sport that was to last decades. American boxing promoters could have profited hugely from a cold war-era matchup pitting Stevenson, the product of a Communist sports system, against Ali. If gifts are to be given it should be for everybody—not for a few." You make a lot of money, but how many boxers in history do we know that died poor? 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. A forthcoming documentary by Brin-Jonathan Butler, Split Decision, contains the last known interview with Stevenson. 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). 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. The newspaper believed that the motives for the alleged provocation were somehow to cast a shadow upon a Cuban sports star.[20]. [8], Nevertheless, Stevenson's professional debut never did happen, because he remained loyal to the Cuban revolutionary ideals, never accepting any payday for himself, no matter how big it appeared. Boxing great Teófilo Stevenson turned down $5 million to stay in Cuba; Yasiel Puig took $42 million to leave. By then, he had become a national hero in Cuba. 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 He also beat future heavyweight champion Greg Page by 2 close decisions, one in the quarterfinals of the 1975 National Golden Gloves tournament. 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. His mother Dolores Lawrence was a native Cuban, but her parents were immigrants from the Anglophone island of Saint Kitts. Both were as famous as someone can be on an island. This fight ended an eleven-year unbeaten run by Stevenson and was the only occasion that he did not win the gold medal at the World Championships when he entered the competition. Bobick did make the Olympic squad and was beaten by the Cuban gold medallist Teofilo Stevenson. A bunker?’" AIBA President Anwar Chowdhry, when asked did the Cuban authorities acted properly in giving Stevenson two houses and two cars, said: "These things should not be allowed. [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. His survivors include two children. Stevenson retired in 1987. Stevenson died on 11 June 2012 of a heart attack in Havana at the age of 60. 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. 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