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Boxer
    (March 25, 1926-October 16, 2003)
    Born in Budapest, Hungary
    Hungarian boxer
    Famed for winning three straight Olympic gold medals in boxing and being forced to cut his professional career short by the communist government of his native Hungary
    Professional record 27 wins (fifteen by KO), no losses and two draws
    Won the Olympic gold medal as a middleweight in 1948 and as a light middleweight in 1952 and 1956
    His nickname was 'Laci.'
    He never criticized Hungary's communist government that spent decades screwing over (the death camps, no freedom of speech or religion thing) him and his fellow Hungarians.
    Known as a heavy puncher in the amateurs, he was much less so as a pro.
    Staying an amateur during the fifties meant he never had to fight during the middleweight division's golden age and never had to face fighters like Jake LaMotta, Sugar Ray Robinson or Rocky Graziano to see how good he really was.
    His website is not available in English.
    He was a lefty.
    Hungary's communist government stripped him of their permission to fight professionally as he was on the verge of a title fight.
    He wasn't allowed to turn pro until he was over thirty.
    At five foot five he was far shorter than most of his opponents.
    He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2001.
    Many experts consider him the greatest amateur boxer of all time or at worst second to only to Teofilo Stevenson.

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