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Old 08-27-2007, 09:54 PM   #1
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Default Did Felix Savon and Teofilo Stevenson ever fight each other?

Savon reportedly considered Stevenson his idol, but as they were almost close contemporaries, they must have squared off on the ring at least once? Who won?
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Old 08-27-2007, 09:54 PM   #2
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Savon reportedly considered Stevenson his idol, but as they were almost close contemporaries, they must have squared off on the ring at least once? Who won?
Maybe sparred?
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:10 PM   #3
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Good question !

It will be interesting to see them in the sparring ?
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:12 PM   #4
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Maybe sparred?
That's quite likely.

Being excellent Olympic superheavy champions both, I'm sure they would've lorded over the pro ranks if they wished. Like Stevenson vs Ali, or Savon vs Frazier or Foreman.
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:30 PM   #5
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I dont think they did but I do think Jorge Louis Gonzalez beat Stevenison. Obviously, the latter was much older.
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:55 PM   #6
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That's quite likely.

Being excellent Olympic superheavy champions both, I'm sure they would've lorded over the pro ranks if they wished. Like Stevenson vs Ali, or Savon vs Frazier or Foreman.
People make comments like this all the time, but I really think there is little or no basis to make such assumptions. Amatuer standouts get over-rated all the time, but then fall flat on their faces as pros. For every Pernell Whitaker, there's a Mark Breland; for every Oscar De La Hoya, a David Reid. There is NO guarantee that either Stevenson or Savon would have enjoyed the sort of success as pros they did as ams, let alone "lorded over" them!!
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:04 AM   #7
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People make comments like this all the time, but I really think there is little or no basis to make such assumptions. Amatuer standouts get over-rated all the time, but then fall flat on their faces as pros. For every Pernell Whitaker, there's a Mark Breland; for every Oscar De La Hoya, a David Reid. There is NO guarantee that either Stevenson or Savon would have enjoyed the sort of success as pros they did as ams, let alone "lorded over" them!!
All you have to do is watch them fight to know they would have been excellent pros. The only questions would have been stamina and durability. Otherwise, they had everything else.

BTW... Savon was Olympic HEAVYWEIGHT champ... he didn't fight at Super heavy.
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:18 AM   #8
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Considering that Stevenson retired from boxing in 1984 and Savon only began in 1980, I find it hard to imagine that they ever would have faced each other, even in sparring. Savon was only 17-18 when he won his first (junior) world championship in 1985.
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:47 AM   #9
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Considering that Stevenson retired from boxing in 1984 and Savon only began in 1980, I find it hard to imagine that they ever would have faced each other, even in sparring. Savon was only 17-18 when he won his first (junior) world championship in 1985.
Oh I stand corrected. tnks.
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:51 AM   #10
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People make comments like this all the time, but I really think there is little or no basis to make such assumptions. Amatuer standouts get over-rated all the time, but then fall flat on their faces as pros. For every Pernell Whitaker, there's a Mark Breland; for every Oscar De La Hoya, a David Reid. There is NO guarantee that either Stevenson or Savon would have enjoyed the sort of success as pros they did as ams, let alone "lorded over" them!!
You're quite right. I was thinking only of Cuban champions who managed to also excel in the pro ranks. But my sample population is admittedly limited.
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:54 AM   #11
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Considering that Stevenson retired from boxing in 1984
He done rather well to win the 1986 World Championship then!

I do believe Savon and Stevenson fought in the mid 80s and Stevenson coached Savon for a while before fulling out with Castro.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:13 AM   #12
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never fought in a sanctioned fight......but solis has beaten savon, and could possibly go on to become a pro champ, if he sorts his conditioning out.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:58 AM   #13
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i HAVE AN ARTICLE HERE FROM A 1987 INTERVIEW , Felix indicates that he is coached by former sparring partner Stevenson... He talks about how he would have hated to fight him competetively because of his awkward style and very deceptive power.
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:22 AM   #14
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As far as I remember they were from different eras.
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:28 AM   #15
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You're quite right. I was thinking only of Cuban champions who managed to also excel in the pro ranks. But my sample population is admittedly limited.

Thas because none of the best cuban fighters got the chance to turn pro.

Back in the day it Kid Chocolate and Kid Gavilan

Then the next big thing in Cuba was Stevenson... he never got to turn pro

Then it was Savon... he never go to turn pro

Then it was Kindelan... he never go to turn pro

Then it was Rigondeaux... he never got to turn pro.


So you have not seen any of the real great cuban fighters turn pro.
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