Stevenson is fine
Ariel B. Coya
RECENTLY there has been speculation
that Teófilo Stevenson (Las Tunas, 1952) is not well,
that a liver problem had him on the ropes. Being, in
fact, as headstrong as ever, he took it upon himself
to deny the rumors. As the mythical heavyweight told
this reporter at his home in Havana’s Náutico
neighborhood, "Stevenson is fine."
"It’s true that I was in hospital
for two weeks. I went in for a regular examination
and the doctors found some clots in an artery close
to my heart which could have become dangerous, if
they hadn’t been detected in time.
"So I was hospitalized right away to
have them dissolved. But I’m fine now," he explained.
After being released from the
Surgical Research Center (CIMEQ) January 27, the
three-time Olympic champion (1972, 1976, 1980), who
also won the World Championship in 1974, 1978 and
1988, reported that he is carefully following
doctors’ orders and is walking regularly, in order
to return shortly to his work with the Cuban Boxing
Admired around the world for his
good humor and accomplishments in the ring – winning
301 of his 326 bouts over the course of 20 years –
Stevenson wanted to express his gratitude for all
the affection and messages he has received from
followers and friends, in addition to letting them
know there is no need to worry.
Light-hearted and jovial as the good
Cuban he is, Stevenson joked about the erroneous
information circulated by media hostile to Cuba,
saying, "Imagine, they wanted to knock me out!"