Emilio Correa (boxer born 1953)

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Emilio Correa
Personal information
Full name Emilio Correa Vaillant
Nationality  Cuba
Born (1953-03-21) March 21, 1953 (age 64)
Santiago de Cuba
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport
Sport Boxing
Rated at Welterweight

Emilio Correa (born May 21, 1953) is a Cuban former amateur boxer who won welterweight gold at the Olympics 1972. He is not to be confused with his middleweight namesake, who is actually his son.

Inspired by his compatriots Roberto Caminero "Chocolatico" Pérez, Enrique Regüeiferos, Félix Betancourt and Rolando Garbey who also hail from Santiago de Cuba, he started boxing in 1966.

At the PanAm Games in Cali, Colombia (1971) he won gold against American Larry Carlisle, but it wasn't until he beat Betancourt at the national championships in 1972 that he was able to secure his ticket to the Olympics.

There he knocked out defending champion Manfred Wolke and beat the rest on points to win the first Cuban welterweight gold.

1974 he became the inaugural world champion at welterweight by knocking out American Clinton Jackson.

1973 to 1976 he defended his national title and in 1977 won the national junior middleweight title.

Internationally he didn't have much success after 1974. At the PanAm Games in Ciudad de México (1975) he lost a decision to Jackson.

At the Olympics 1976 he lost inside the distance to Venezuelan Pedro Gamarro.

He fought his last fight winning the junior middleweight title in 1979.

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