May 8, 1986 |
Four years ago this week, the world's best amateur boxers gathered in Munich, West Germany. Two Americans--Mark Breland and Tyrell Biggs--won world championships. Twenty-seven months later, those two, plus seven other Americans, won gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics. Today, the cycle will begin anew at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, where 235 boxers from 37 countries begin the 11-day World Championships, providing a peek at the boxing prospects for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
July 5, 1988
Three-time Olympic heavyweight champion Teofilo Stevenson, 36, of Cuba, who turned down million-dollar offers to turn professional, announced his retirement.
August 2, 1992 |
One recent night at the Olympic boxing venue, U.S. basketball players Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley dropped in to watch 10 or so bouts. Armed security men surrounded the group, automatic weapons at the ready, and created a small island of privacy for them. But a tall, graceful man with a pleasant smile appeared, and the guards let him pass.
August 5, 1987 |
The Cubans released a roster of the boxing team they're sending to Indianapolis for the Pan American Games, and a very big name was missing Tuesday. Teofilo Stevenson, 36, the dominant figure in the history of amateur boxing, the three-time Olympic champion Cubans call El Gigante, didn't make the traveling squad. Recent reports from Cuba have it that Stevenson has problems on both the legal and sports fronts. U.S.