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Remembering the first three Olympic champions of Cuban boxing 50 years after Munich 72

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Front page ” Sports ” Remembering the first three Olympic champions of Cuban boxing 50 years after Munich 72

Today, September 10, it is 50 years since Cuban boxing climbed to the top of the Olympic Games award podium for the first time, and not once, but 3 times.

It happened in the city of Munich, former Federal Republic of Germany, and those three heroes were Orlandito Martínez weighing 54 kilograms, Emilio Correa 67 and Teófilo Stevenson weighing more than 81 kilos.

The first to go up to the Ring was Orlandito, although it was already known that Stevenson was champion, since his rival in the final, the Romanian Ion Alexe, was not going to appear.

Even so, and officially, the first title went to the left-hander from the Juanelo cast, in San Miguel del Padrón, Havana, the capital of Cuba.

Orlandito, who died on September 22, 2021, had a difficult road beating Irishman Michael Dowling 3-2 in the Round of 16 and British George Turpin in the Semis by the same split vote.

His rival in the final was the Mexican Alfonso Zamora who in a great demonstration beat the American Ricardo Carreras 4-1 in the semifinals.

With an elegant boxing, with quick entrances and exits and a clean punch, the Cuban dominated the 3 rounds to win a unanimous vote and become the first Olympic Champion of Cuban boxing.

The next to rise was the Welterweight (67 kilos) Emilio Correa.

The man from Santiago came from a very close fight in the semis where he beat United States representative Jesse Valdéz 3-2.

In the title discussion, Correa, with his elegance and hand speed, did not give Hungarian Janos Kajdi a chance and beat Magyar 5-0.

As we said before, Stevenson would not have to fight and received the Gold medal against the Romanian Alexe’s No Show.

Before, the young Super Complete, originally from Central Delicias, current province of Las Tunas, had triumphed in all his lawsuits before the limit.

He knocked out the Polish Ludwik Denderys in the first round in the Round of 16, the American Duane Bobick, who had beaten him in the Pan American Games in Cali a year before, demolished him in the Quarters until he knocked him out in the third round and in the Semis he also won by the chloroform route in the second round to the local Peter Hussing.

That outstanding performance earned the then young boxer, born on March 29, 1952, the Val Barker Cup, which is awarded to the best pound x pound boxer at the Olympic Games.

Stevenson would win 3 Olympic golds in his career and died in Havana on June 11, 2012 due to heart disease.

In the summer event of Munich 72 they also obtained medals for Cuba, Gilberto Carrillo in 81 kilograms, lost the final against the then Yugoslav Mate Parlov, while the bronze medalist was the flyweight (51 kilos) Douglas Rodríguez.

The Cuban boxing entourage was completed with the light flyweight (48 kilos) Rafael Carbonell, in 57 Orlando Palacios, in 60 Enrique Regueiferos, was runner-up in 63.5 in Mexico 4 years before, Andrés Molina in 63.5, Rolando Garbey, silver in Mexico 68, in 71 kilograms and Alejandro Montoya in the medium (75 kilograms).

Cuba won boxing as a sport in Munich with 3 gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.