A great Cuban heavyweight boxer of the 70s, the Muhammad Ali of the communist world, with Olympic gold and amateur world-championships to his credit. As with Alberto "El Caballo" Juantorena, the equally-great middle-distance runner, all questions about defecting to the West for the Beeg Bux were met with denunciations of the soulless commercialism of pro sports. For which they were handsomely rewarded with perks back home. No-one ever said socialist equals egalitarian.

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