Being a gold medallist in the Olympic Games
of Munich'72, Montreal'76, and Moscow'80 make him the best heavyweight
boxer in amateur boxing and maybe one of the greatest in any
He was in agreement with the Cuban decision of not assisting,
for security reasons, to the Olympic Games of Los Angeles'84.
If it had been so, he would have had the real possibility of
winning four titles in Olympic events.
He received numberless proposals to jump to professional boxing
and he always had the same answer for them: "I don't trade
my homeland for all the gold of the world."
He was never knocked out. His fists were demolishing and more
than once he knocked his rivals out with just a jab. He received
all the titles offered by the International Association of Amateur
Boxing (AIBA), including Van Balker Cup and the Fair Play Trophy.
He was born in a sugarcane zone near Puerto Padre, in Cuba's
northeastern region. His first high-level victory took place
in the Pan-american games Cali'71, where he defeated in the
gold medal combat the American Duanne Bobick, the same rival
he had in Munich'72 final.
Furthermore, he conquered one after another all the titles of
his division in the world championships that took place from
1974, in Havana. Some years after that, he was about to fight
with the legendary Casius Clay, professional heavyweight champion.
He achieved 15 national titles and 14 crowns in the International
Tournaments "Giraldo Córdova Cardín",
held annually in Cuba.
When he retired from active boxing, he was still in a really
good shape. After little more than half a century of life and
40 years devoted to boxing in one way or another, this giant,
physically and personally speaking, still enjoys the love that
his people have always felt for him.