After a short and serious illness on Tuesday of lung cancer at 23.15 am in Puli deceased Croatian Mate Parlov boxer, the legend of Croatian sport.
Mate Parlov (Split, November 16, 1948 - Pula, July 29, 2008), was a Croatian boxer, and an olympic gold medalist for former Yugoslavia. As professional, he won the European Light heavyweight title in 1976 and WBC Light heavyweight world title in 1978. He's widely regarded as the best Croatian (and Yugoslavian) boxers of all time. During his career he already gain the status of the boxing legend.
His origins were from the village of Ričice near the town of Imotski, Croatia.
Parlov turned professional in 1974 and won the European light heavyweight champion title in 1976.
In 1976 he faced the future world champion Matthew Saad Muhammad. In their first fight, in Milan, he was defeated by an eight round decision. In a rematch with Muhammad, he and Muhammad struggled to a ten round draw.
He won the World light heavyweight champion title in 1978. He lost the WBC light heavyweight version title by defeat from Marvin Johnson with a 10th-round KO in Italy (December 2, 1978). As a professional he had 29 fights, 24 wins, 3 losses and 2 ties.
In his amateur career he participated in 310 matches and lost only 13. During his amateur career Parlov was an eight time champion of Yugoslavia in the light heavyweight category (1967-1974), five time champion of the Balkans (1970-1974), a two time champion of Europe (1971 in Madrid, and 1973 in Belgrade) and the world title at the inaugural 1974 World Championships in Havana, Cuba. He won the Golden glove award two times, in 1967 and 1969. He participated in the Munich 1972 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal in the light heavyweight category.
1968 - Olympic Games, Mexico City, Mexico: Quarter Finals (Middleweight)
W-PTS Lahcen Ahidous (Mauritania)
W-PTS Jan van Ispelen (Netherlands)
L-PTS Chris Finnegan (England) (Finnegan would win the gold medal)
1971 - European Championships: Gold Medal (Light Heavyweight)
1972 - Olympic Games, Munich, Germany: Gold Medal (Light Heavyweight)
W-KO 2 Nouredine Aman Hassan (Chad)
W-KO 2 Imre Toth (Hungary)
W- Forfeit Miquel Angel Cuello (Argentina)
W-PTS Janusz Gortat (Poland)
W-TKO 2 Gilberto Carrillo (Cuba)
1973 - European Championships: Gold Medal (Light Heavyweight)
1974 - World Championships, Havanna, Cuba: Gold Medal (Light Heavyweight)
His final contact with boxing was in 1984 Olympics, when he was Yugoslav selector; Yugoslav boxers had achieved at those Olympics best results ever: one gold, one silver, two bronzes.
After he ended his active boxing career, he moved to Fažana near Pula, away from sport and public. He run his coffee bar in Pula.
Periodically he appeared on the Croatian national TV as guest-commentator during matches of Željko Mavrović and Stipe Drviš.
In March of 2008. he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Five months later, he died on the way to hospital in Pula, where he lived after retiring from boxing.
Golden Gloves 1967 and 1969
Croatian Sportsman of the 20th century [1