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Roberto Balado Méndez (February 15, 1969 – July 2, 1994) was a Cuban amateur boxer, who competed from 1986 to 1994. At the 1992 Summer Olympics he won a Gold medal in the men's super heavyweight (+91 kg).

Roberto Balado
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Roberto Balado (left) facing Arnold Vanderlyde in Berlin, 1990
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Full nameRoberto Balado Mendez
Nationality Cuba
Born(1969-02-15)February 15, 1969
Jovellanos, Matanzas Province
DiedJuly 2, 1994(1994-07-02) (aged 25)
Havana, Ciudad de la Habana
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb)
Weight classSuper Heavyweight

A natural heavyweight, he was Olympic champion (Barcelona 1992), three times world champion (Moscow 1989, Sydney 1991, and Tampere 1993), and five times Cuban national champion. He was also the winner of the Val Barker Trophy for Outstanding Boxer at the 1992 Olympic Games.

Balado was at his prime, looking forward to win many forthcoming events, considered by some boxing experts to be the world's second-best amateur fighter after Félix Savón (who competed one weight division below),[1] and being one of the most probable candidates to win the 1995 Pan American games and 1996 Olympics, but died in a car accident at the absolute pinnacle of his career.

At the time of his death, age 25, he had 250 fights, with a record of 238 victories, and 12 losses.



Roberto Balado died in a crash at a train crossing in Havana, on July 2, 1994.


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