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Below is a tribute video of Cuban heavyweight boxer Teófilo Stevenson. Teófilo recently passed away at age 60. As a three time Olympic gold medalist, he was one of the greatest amateur boxers of all time. He possessed a potent blend of size, power, and skill.
Since his passing last week, I’ve seen many bring up old debates regarding Stevenson’s potential as a pro. Many would have loved to see him compete against professional greats such as Muhammad Ali. Stevenson wasn’t without his own amateur rivals however. Despite a dominant career, Teófilo did lose twice to Russian heavyweight Igor Vysotsky. Vysotsky unfortunately missed the 1976 Olympic games due to a serious cut that he experienced in training. Stevenson went on to dominant that year. He later became a coach within the Cuban amateur boxing program.
Regardless of how he would have fared as a pro, Teófilo Stevenson will forever be remembered as one of the greatest amateurs to ever lace up the gloves.
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