Mate Parlov

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Mate Parlov

Name: Mate Parlov
Born: 1948-11-16
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: 2008-07-29 (Age:59)
Hometown: Pula, Croatia
Stance: Southpaw
Height: 6′ 2″   /   188cm
Boxing Record: click

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Professional Boxer, Olympic Athlete. A native of Split, Croatia, he was the former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion in 1978. He defeated Miguel Angel Cuello on January 7, 1978 to win the title and relinquished it to Marvin Johnson on December 2, 1978. In addition, Parlov won a gold medal after defeating Cuba's Gilberto Carrillo during the 1972 Summer Olympics. He retired from boxing in 1980 after compiling a record of 24 wins (12 knockouts), 3 losses and 2 draws in 29 bouts. In 2006 at the World Boxing Council 44th Annual convention WBC president Jose Sulaiman awarded Parlov Honorary Champion status. Parlov died July 30, 2008 of lung cancer in his hometown of Pula.

Amateur Career

Mate Parlov at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Amateur Record: 257-19

1968 - Olympic Games, Mexico City, Mexico: Quarter Finals (middleweight)

1971 - European Championships: Gold Medal (light heavyweight)

1972 - Olympic Games, Munich, Germany: Gold Medal (light heavyweight)

1973 - European Championships: Gold Medal (light heavyweight)

1974 - World Championships, Havanna, Cuba: Gold Medal (light heavyweight)

Preceded by:
Miguel Angel Cuello
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
1978 Jan 7 – 1978 Dec 2
Succeeded by:
Marvin Johnson