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1986 — Super heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson and lightweight Adolfo Horta of Cuba put their names into the record books by becoming the first fighters to win three World Boxing Championship titles. Veterans Stevenson and Horta were joined on the winner’s stand by their 18-year-old teammate Felix Savon, who captured the heavyweight title. Stevenson and Horta scored their unprecedented third World Championship titles in contrasting fashion. The 35-year-old Stevenson, a three-time Olympic gold medallist nearing the end of a spectacular amateur career, stopped the strong but inexperienced Alex Garcia of the US in the second round, while Horta, 28, struggled to take a 3-2 decision over teenager Engels Pedrosa of Venezuela.

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