Cuba to have square, monument in honor of boxing legend Stevenson
- Submitted by: lena campos
- 10 / 02 / 2012
Cuba will erect a monument and a sports square, and also is to hold a boxing Cup to honor the the three-time Olympic and world champion Teofilo Stevenson in the eastern province of Las Tunas, his birth place.
The official daily Granma quoted Monday the provincial president of Las Tunas Lilian Rodriguez saying that the sport square is addressed to hold sports and cultural events in remembrance of the legendary boxer.
Rodriguez stressed that the area will include sculptures representing Olympics and conference rooms for the meeting between sports personalities and the public.
Granma cited also Alcides Sagarra, the main coach who led Stevenson to his world famous victories, who advanced that La Tunas will hold from 2013 on the Boxing Cup Teofilo Stevenson.
Sagarra said that at the tournaments will pay special attention to the heavyweights, the division where Stevenson competed.
Cuban former three times Olympic and world amateur boxing champion Teofilo Stevenson Lawrence died here on June 11 of a heart attack at the age of 60.
Stevenson conquered the Olympic gold medals three Games — Munich 1972, Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980, and world championship titles in 1974, 1978 and 1986.
He won all the titles of the International Association of Amateur Boxing (AIBA), and is considered one of the greatest boxers of the heavy weights in the history of amateur boxing.