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Olympic Champ Felix Savon Retires

January 7, 2001

HAVANA (AP) _ Felix Savon, one of the greatest boxers in Olympic history, retired and will become coach of Cuba’s national boxing team.

The retirement of the three-time heavyweight Olympic champ was announced Sunday by the Cuban Boxing Federation and the official Prensa Latina news agency.

The 33-year-old Savon has dominated amateur heavyweight boxing for the last decade.

He won his third Olympic gold medal in Sydney last year. He joined compatriot Teofilo Stevenson and Hungary’s Lazlo Pappas as the only Olympic fighters to win three gold medals.

He was bleeding badly after his gold-medal victory in Sydney against Russia’s Sultanahmed Ibzagimov. But the 6-foot-6 fighter danced in the ring, waving a Cuban flag in victory.

``I dedicate this to the people of Cuba,″ he said at the time.

Savon won his other gold medals in 1992 and 1996 and is a six-time world amateur champion.

Jose Barrientos, president of the Cuban Boxing Federation, also announced the retirements of boxers Juan Hernandez Sierra, Enrique Carrion and Hector Vinent, state media reported. All three will train younger Cuban boxers.

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