Stevenson: a Legend that Lives on
in Las Tunas’s municipality of Puerto Padre, three-time Olympic
heavyweight boxing champion
is considered a perfect gentleman by his adversaries.
gold medals from the 1972,
‘76 and ’80 Olympic Games and a longtime
reputation for sportsmanship, Stevenson has received numerous
honors, including UNESCO’s Pierre de Cubartin fair play prize in
1989.At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, he was the only Latin
American among 25 athletes honored in ceremonies commemorating
the centenary of the modern Olympics.
retired from the ring in 1986. Today, at the age of 52, he is
vice president of the Cuban Boxing Federation and deputy in
Cuba’s parliament. In a country with a wealth of talented
boxers, a land where the sport of boxing ranks second only to
baseball in spectator popularity the legend of Teofilo
Stevenson and his 20-year amateur career lives on.