SCARCE 1972 Munich Olympic game's 66 page official on-site boxing programme featuring the great Teofilo Stevenson (Gold) & Wilfredo Gomez of Puerto Rico plus Sugar Ray Seales (Gold) and Marvin Johnson (Bronze) of the USA. 29th August 1972, Munich, Germany.
The games will also be remembered when terrorists infiltrated the Olympic compound and killed a large contingent of the Israeli Olympic team.
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Teofilo Stevenson Tribute
Teófilo Stevenson Lawrence or Teófilo Stevenson (born March 29, 1952) is a former amateur boxer. He is one of the only three boxers to win three Olympic gold medals, alongside Hungarian László Papp and fellow countryman Felix Savon.
Stevenson was born in Camagüey. His father Teófilo Stevenson Patterson was an immigrant from Saint Vincent.
His mother Dolores Lawrence, parents were immigrants from Anglophone island Saint Kitts. Teófilo senior arrived in his homeland in 1923, finding work wherever he could, before settling in Camagüey with Dolores, where he gave English lessons to top up his meagre earnings. Due to his large size, Teófilo senior was encouraged into boxing by local trainers, fighting seven times before becoming disillusioned by the corrupt payment structure on offer to young fighters.
Teófilo junior was a shiftless but bright child who at nine years old soon found himself sparring at the makeshift open-air gym his father had frequented. Under the tutelage of former national light heavyweight champion John Herrera, the young Stevenson began his career fighting far more experienced boxers, but according to Herrera, "had what it took". Despite his growing involvement in the sport, Stevenson had yet to tell his mother about his activities. Eventually Teófilo senior broke the news to his wife, who was furious; but she agreed to acquiesce on the proviso that the boy was accompanied by his father.
Early Boxing Career
The young Stevenson continued to improve under Herrera in the mid 1960s, winning a junior title and gaining additional training in Havana. His victories drew the attention of Andrei Chervonenko, a leading coach newly implemented state sports system. Professional sport throughout the island had been outlawed since 1962 by government resolution 83-A, and all boxing activity had come under the guidance of the government sponsored National Boxing Commission.
Chernevenko, a former boxer from Moscow sent by the Soviet Union, who had created Escuela de Boxeo (Boxing school) in a derelict old gym in Havana, began to champion Stevenson's progress.
Stevenson's senior boxing career began at age seventeen with a defeat in the national championships against the experienced heavyweight Gabriel Garcia. Despite the setback, Stevenson went on to register convincing victories over Nancio Carillo and Juan Perez, two of the countries finest boxers in the weight division, securing a place in the national team for the 1970 Central American Championships. Defeat in the final after three victories was considered no shame, and Stevenson firmly established himself as a premier heavyweight. Back in the gym Chervonenko and leading boxing coach Alcides Sagarra worked on Stevenson's jab, which paid dividends when he easily defeated East Germany's Bernd Andern in front of a surprised Berlin crowd. The victory made the entire amateur boxing World take notice of Stevenson as a serious heavyweight contender.
Munich Olympics 1972
Stevenson, now twenty, joined the national boxing team for the Munich Olympics of 1972 with high hopes resting on his performance. His opening bout against experienced Polish fighter Ludwik Denderys began dramatically when Stevenson knocked the other man down within thirty seconds of the opening bell. The fight was stopped moments later due to a large cut next to the Pole's eye.
Proceeding to the quarter finals, Stevenson met fancied American boxer Duane Bobick. Bobick, a gold medalist at the 1971 Pan American Games, had beaten Stevenson previously, and was considered favorite to continue the U.S. team's dominance of the weight division; previous American gold medalists included George Foreman (1968) and Joe Frazier (1964). After a close first round, Stevenson lost the second, but a ferocious display in the third round knocked Bobick to the canvas three times and the contest was stopped. The victory was viewed on television throughout his country, and is still considered Stevenson's most memorable performance.
Stevenson easily defeated German Peter Hussing in the semi final, and received his gold medal after Romanian Ion Alexe failed to appear in the final due to injury. The national boxing team won three gold medals, their first in Olympic boxing history, as well as one silver and one bronze medal. The Munich games established their dominance over the amateur sport that was to last decades. It also established Stevenson as the World's premier amateur heavyweight boxer.
Other Major Games
Stevenson did the same at the inaugural 1974 World Championships in Havana. and then in the 1976 Summer Olympics, held in Montreal, Stevenson repeated the feat once again. By then, he had become a national hero back home, where he had become a household name. This was the point where he was the closest to signing a professional contract, American fight promoters offering him the amount of five million dollars to challenge World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in his first professional bout, which would have made him the second boxer to go straight from the Olympics into a professional debut with the World's Heavyweight crown on the line, after Pete Rademacher. But he refused, asking "What is one million dollars compared to the love of eight million home fans"
Stevenson went to the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and became the second boxer ever, after Papp, to win three Olympic boxing gold medals. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, Félix Savón, from the same country, became the third boxer to achieve this feat.
Stevenson participated at the 1982 World Championships in Munich, but lost to the eventual silver medallist and future professional World champion Francesco Damiani from Italy.
This fight ended a 11 years of unbeaten run from Stevenson and it was the only occasion that he did not win the gold medal at the World Championships when he entered the competition.
Stevenson might have won a fourth gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, but the Soviet Union boycotted the games in retaliation for the United States boycott of the 1980 Moscow competition.
For consolation, he beat the future Olympic champion Tyrell Biggs in February 1984. In 1986 at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in the USA he won the super heavyweight gold, defeating Alex Garcia from the United States in the final. He retired from boxing shortly after the Olympics. During his career as a boxer, he won 302 fights and lost only 22. In addition, Stevenson never managed to avenge the two telling defeats in his amateur career, to Igor Vysotsky of Russia, who decisioned and kayoed him.
Stevenson was named national coach for amateur boxing program, and the country's President Fidel Castro presented him with a mansion in an exclusive residential area.
Although Gomez stood just 5-5 and fought at a weight no more than 130 pounds during his prime, Wilfredo Gomez is one of the most prolific punchers in boxing history.
Of Gomez' 44 wins, 42 came by knockout. At one point of his career, he won 32 consecutive fights by knockout and his first 40 victories all came inside the distance. Although he was a talented boxer, Gomez was capable of rendering opponents unconsious with either hand. Having won World titles in three weight classes and having established a division-record 17 title defences at junior featherweight, Gomez is considered one of the greatest fighters to ever emerge from Puerto Rico.
Gomez won a World amateur title in 1974 and turned pro later that year. His first fight ended in a six-round draw, but the pint-sized puncher wouldn't allow a judge to decide the outcome of his next 32 victories. A knockout loss ended the streak but Gomez immediately embarked another streak, scoring eight straight knockouts until he decisioned iron-jawed Juan LaPorte in 1984.
Initially, Gomez campaigned as bantamweight, but his inability to secure a title fight led him to the junior featherweight division. In 1977, in just his 17th pro fight, Gomez climbed off the canvas to win the first of his three World titles by knocking out WBC junior featherweight champion Dong-Kyun Yum in the 12th round. En route to making 17 title defences, Gomez knocked out Royal Kobayashi, Carlos Zarate, Juan (Kid) Meza and Lupe Pintor, before relinquishing his title in 1983.
Gomez was lured into a fight against great featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez during his impressive run at junior featherweight. Sanchez knocked out Gomez in the eighth round of their 1981 fight but Gomez would make a successful return to the featherweight division. In 1984, he won the WBC featherweight title by decisioning LaPorte. His reign ended one fight later when Azumah Nelson wrested the title from Gomez with an 11th-round knockout.
Another climb in weight followed the loss to Nelson and Gomez quickly earned his third title. This time it was accompanied by controversy. Fighting in Puerto Rico, in 1985, Gomez won a close majority decision over Rocky Lockridge to win the WBA junior lightweight crown. But again, his reign ended with his first defence. Gomez was knocked out in nine rounds by Alfredo Layne and retired shortly after.
Gomez made a one-fight comeback in 1989. He knocked out junior welterweight Mario Salazar in two rounds but retired again.
"Sugar" Ray Seales, (born April 9, 1952 Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands) was the only American boxer to win a gold medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics.
Seales is the Half-Brother of fellow boxer Dale Grant, and the brother of fellow boxer Wilbur Seales.
Seales was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where his father, who boxed in the U.S. Army was stationed. The Seales family moved to Tacoma, WA in 1965. He was a product of the Tacoma Boys Club amateur boxing program, and was coached by Joe Clough.
* 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist (139 lbs.)
* 1971 National AAU Light Welterweight Champion
* 1972 National Golden Gloves 139 pounds champion, defeating Donnie Nelson of Lowell, MA in the final
* Ulrich Beyer (East Germany) won on points
* Jim Montague (Ireland) won on points
* Andres Molina 3-2
* Zvonimir Vujin (Yugoslavia) 5-0
* Angel Angelov (Bulgaria) 3-2
Seales was a contender for the Middleweight title during the late 70's and early 80's.
In 1980, Seales injured his eye in a fight with Jaime Thomas, and retired due to a serious retinal tear. He was subsequently declared legally blind, and was used as a cause célèbre along with Sugar Ray Leonard during the 1980s, for those pushing for a ban on boxing.
Life After Boxing
Seales later worked with autistic students at Lincoln High School in Tacoma until 2004 before retiring. In 2006, he moved to Indianapolis with his wife, where he currently resides.
Seales was a 2005 Inductee into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame.
Marvin Johnson (born April 12, 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana) from the United States, who fought in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, winning a bronze medal, and made his way up the professional ranks in the light heavyweight division soon thereafter. His nickname is "Pops".
* Won the 1971 National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Championship, March 22 at Fort Worth Texas.
* Won the 1971 National AAU Light Heavyweight (178 lb.) Championship.
* Won The 1972 National Golden Gloves Middleweight (165lb.) Championship, March 20 at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
* Represented the United States at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, earning a bronze medal in the 165 pound class, after he was knocked out in the second round of a semifinal by eventual gold medalist Vyacheslav Lemechev of the Soviet Union.
* 1st round bye
* Defeated Ewald Jarmer (West Germany) 5-0
* Defeated Alejandro Montoya 5-0
* Lost to Vyacheslav Lemeshev (Soviet Union) TKO by 2
Johnson lost to Matthew Saad Muhammad and Lotte Mwale in the build-up but won a World title the WBC light heavyweight version from fellow southpaw Mate Parlov of Yugoslavia with a 10th-round KO in Italy in December 1978, then lost that same title the following April, in front of his hometown Indianapolis fans, in a rematch to Muhammad in what was perhaps 1979's Fight of the Year for many observers. Johnson was in control in the early going, cutting the challenger over both eyes, creating large streams of blood that masked his face. But the Philadelphia fighter hung in there, and came back to wear down Johnson, stopping him in the eighth round. Franklin also beat Johnson earlier in 1977, by 12th-round KO for a minor title.
Johnson would again win a belt later that year the WBA version by fighting the rugged Victor Galindez from Argentina in New Orleans as part of a three-fight 'card' that included two title bouts (Antuofermo-Hagler I and Benitez-Leonard) staged in Las Vegas. After a see-saw battle through the first ten rounds, Johnson nailed and floored Galindez with one of his fabled 'over-the-top-from-underneath' left hands, and the title changed hands when the champion's corner surrendered after Galindez hit the canvas.
Again, it was down and out for Johnson in his first title defence when, on the Tate vs Weaver undercard in Knoxville in March 1980, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad outworked, outhustled, and outclassed Johnson en route to an 11th-round TKO.
Things looked bleak when Johnson fought the up-and-coming Michael Spinks in early 1981—just before Spinks dethroned Johnson's latest conqueror, Mustafa Muhammad. Johnson was off to a promising start, but the 1976 Olympian Spinks landed his famous "Spinks jinx" that put Johnson out for good in the fourth round.
Johnson recovered and proceeded to win 16 straight fights, defeating good fighters like Prince Charles Williams along the way, and in February 1986 would again be before his Indianapolis fans, fighting Leslie Stewart of Trinidad and Tobago for the WBA light heavyweight title that became vacant when Spinks abdicated to become a heavyweight. Stewart gave Johnson some fits, but cuts would take their toll on Stewart and were the reason that the fight was stopped in the seventh round, thus making Johnson the first ever three-time champion in the division. An injury postponed his first defence against Jean-Marie Emebe of Cameroon, but the two would hook up in Indianapolis in September of that year. It was the first time that Johnson would both enter and leave the ring as champion, he was the winner by 13th-round TKO.
Next, it was on to Trinidad for a rematch with Stewart on May 23, 1987. However, it was all Stewart this time, as he floored Johnson several times in the first few rounds, and while Johnson always regained his feet and was never counted out he did tell his cornermen after eight rounds that 'enough was enough,' and by doing so became an ex-champ for a third time.
Johnson retired after that bout.
Named The Ring magazine Comeback of the Year fighter for 1984.
Life After Boxing
Johnson currently serves as a pitchman for a local car dealership sometimes (humorously) threatening or abusing his fellow pitchmen with his boxing skills.