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    Boxing great Teofilo Stevenson passes away

    Jun 12, 2012

    Three-time Olympic heavyweight champion Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba has passed away. He was 60.

    Stevenson died of a heart disease in Havana on Monday, according to Cuban sports officials.

    Dubbed the best amateur boxer ever, Stevenson dominated the heavyweight division and won three Olympic gold medals and as many world titles.

    He won Olympic gold medals in the 1972 Munich Games, 1976 Montreal Games and 1980 Moscow Games and the world titles in 1974, 1978 and 1986.

    During his rise, Stevenson was offered millions of dollars to turn pro and face Muhammad Ali but the Cuban never agreed and opted to fight for flag and country. Ali is also an Olympic gold medalist, winner of the 1960 light heavyweight title in Rome.

    Doctors found a clot in an artery near his heart in January and the Cuban needed to stay in intensive care for 15 days before being discharged in February.

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