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Teófilo Stevenson was a Cuban boxer best known for becoming the first fighter to win three Olympic gold medals in one weight class.
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Born in Puerto Padre, Cuba, on March 29, 1952, boxer Teófilo Stevenson is best known for becoming the first fighter to win three Olympic gold medals in one weight class. At the 1972 Olympic Games, Stevenson defeated American Duane Bobick, a competitor he had lost to the previous year at the Pan American Games, and went on to win the gold medal by default when Romanian Ion Alexe dropped out of the bout due to an injury. At the 1976 Games in Montreal, Stevenson became a household name, beating his first three opponents and knocking out Romanian Mircea Simon in the final. He continued his winning streak at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, returning with three gold medals. Stevenson died on June 11, 2012, at the age of 60, in Havana, Cuba.
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Boxing was first introduced as an Olympic event at the 1904 Summer Olympics. Since then, the Games have introduced us to future boxing legends. In 1960, boxer Muhammad Ali won a spot on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team, returning home that year with a gold medal. At the 1976 Olympics, Sugar Ray Leonard won the gold medal in light-waterweight boxing, with the heavyweight title awarded to Leon Spinks. These men join the group of fighters, from George Foreman to Floyd Mayweather, who have made history in their run for Olympic Gold. Biography looks at some of the hardest hitters in Olympic boxing history.
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