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Cuban Cold War-Era Boxing Star Teofilo Stevenson Dies At 60

The legendary Cuban heavyweight boxer Teofilo Stevenson, who won three Olympic gold medals but turned down a chance to fight American champion Muhammad Ali, has died at the age of 60.

Cuban sports officials said he died on June 11 of a heart attack.

In a 20-year boxing career, Stevenson won Olympic gold medals in 1972 at Munich, 1976 in Montreal, and 1980 in Moscow, and was widely considered the greatest amateur boxer of his time.

After the 1976 Games, U.S. boxing promoters offered Stevenson $5 million to turn professional and fight Ali, the heavyweight world champion.

But he turned down the offer, saying he remained loyal to communist-ruled Cuba, where professional sports were illegal.

With reporting by ITAR-TASS, Interfax, Reuters, and dpa