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Who made up the boxing squad in Munich 1972?

The recent death of Orlandito Martínez, the first athlete to win a gold medal for Cuba in the revolutionary period, has aroused the interest of ou


The recent death of Orlandito Martínez, the first athlete to win a gold medal for Cuba in the revolutionary period, has aroused the interest of our readers, including Edilberto Ramírez, who wants to know the names of the fighters who made up the team to the Olympic Games in Munich, 1972, how many are left alive and who was Alejandro Montoya.

Being a topic of interest to several fans, it is worthwhile – as Professor Manuel Calviño would say – reviewing the most significant details of that formidable boxing team that gave Cuba the first place by countries in this discipline at the 1972 Munich Olympics. , with three gold medals, one silver and one bronze.

The late Douglas Rodríguez, bronze medalist in Munich, 1972 (Taken from the Internet)

Rolando Garbey, Cuban boxer.
Rolando Garbey, one of the members of that team that still lives. (Photo: Taken from the Internet)

The squad was integrated by Rafael Carbonell, in 48 kilograms; Douglas Rodríguez, 51; Orlandito Martínez, 54; Orlando Palacios, 57; Enrique Regüeiferos, 60; Andrés Molina, 63.5; Emilio Correa, 67; Rolando Garbey, 71; Alejandro Montoya, 75 kg; Gilberto Carrillo, 81 and Teófilo Stevenson, in more than 81 kilos.

Orlandito, Correa and Stevenson were part of the trio of gold medalists at that event; Gilberto Carrillo finished with silver when he succumbed to the then Yugoslav Mate Parlov, in the final 81-kilogram fight and Douglas won bronze, at 51.

From that cast, as far as we know, Carrillo died in 1996; Regüeiferos, in 2002; Molina, in 2003; Douglas, in 2012; Stevenson, in 2012 and Orlandito, in September of this year.

About Alejandro Montoya

As for Alejandro Montoya, he was a strong hitter weighing 75 kilograms, who in Munich beat Romanian Alex Nastac by knockout in the opening round, then beat Briton William Knight by knockout and then lost to American Marvin Johnson, by unanimous vote from 5 to 0.

Then he participated in the First World Cup organized in Havana, in 1974, in which he was defeated by the democratic German Bernd Wittenburg in his first lawsuit.

Born on May 3, 1952, the man from Santiago graduated from the Pan American Games, held in Mexico City in 1975, where he beat the American Tom Sullivan by knockout in the first, then triumphed over the Mexican Nicolás Arredondo by abandonment and in the fight for gold he won by RSC in the round intermediate to Brazilian Fernando Martins.

A year earlier he had conquered the gold metal in the Central American and Caribbean championship, held in Caracas, by beating Venezuelan Fulgencio Obelmejías in the final.

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