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REVOLUTION IN THE RING

By Jason Sklaver

Teofilo Stevenson won three Olympic gold medals from 1972 onwards.  He became a national hero in Cuba, and American fight promoters offered him millions to challenge world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali.  To fight Ali, Stevenson would have had to leave Cuba, but he refused the offer, asking, “What is one million dollars compared to the love of eight million Cubans?"  Afraid of how an American fighter’s potential loss to a Cuban athlete might affect the image of their “superpower” status, the US government may also have prevented the fight.  Many boxing fans call the Ali-Stevenson fight the “greatest fight that never was” and until his death in La Havana, Cuba, at the age of sixty on June 11, 2012, Stevenson remained a staunch supporter of Castro and the Revolution.  This is the story of Teofilo Stevenson told through the lens of Cuban-American politics, and an examination of how Stevenson’s life and the life of his Cuban people were dramatically altered by the embargo. Ultimately, who would have won an Ali–Stevenson match in a world without the embargo?

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Title

REVOLUTION IN THE RING

Director

Jason Sklaver

Country

USA, Cuba

Year

2016

Category

Mid-Length And Short Documentaries

Duration

23

Language

English and Spanish with English subtitles

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