Teófilo Stevenson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameTeófilo•Stevenson Lorenzo
Used nameTeófilo•Stevenson
Nick/petnamesPirolo
Born29 March 1952 in Puerto Padre (CUB)
Died11 June 2012 in La Habana (Havana) (CUB)
Measurements190 cm / 95 kg
NOC Cuba

Biography

It is safe to describe Téofilo Stevenson as the greatest heavyweight boxer never to be the world’s professional champion. In fact, Stevenson never even fought for the title because he never turned professional. Stevenson’s first international appearance was in 1971 at the Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, where he lost a decision in the semi-finals to the United States’ Duane Bobick and took bronze. In 1972 at München, Stevenson won a re-match with Bobick en route to winning his first Olympic gold medal. Stevenson also won the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in 1976 and 1980, making him one of only three men to win three Olympic boxing gold medals (Hungary’s László Papp and Félix Savón are the others). In addition, Stevenson won golds at the 1975 and 1979 Pan American Games, and was world amateur champion in 1974, 1978, and 1986. It is likely that Stevenson would have won a fourth Olympic gold medal at Los Angeles, had the Cubans not boycotted the 1984 Olympics. American professional boxing promoters coveted Stevenson’s talent, his good looks, and body-builder like body. But he refused all entreaties to turn professional and remained an amateur to continue boxing for the honor of his country.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Boxing CUB Teófilo Stevenson
Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1976 Summer Olympics Boxing CUB Teófilo Stevenson
Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1980 Summer Olympics Boxing CUB Teófilo Stevenson
Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1972 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony CUB Teófilo Stevenson
1976 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony CUB Teófilo Stevenson
1980 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony CUB Teófilo Stevenson

Special Notes