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Emilio Correa
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Full name: Emilio Correa Vaillant
Nationality:  Cuba
Rated at: Welterweight
Date of birth: March 21, 1953 (1953-03-21) (age 56)
Place of birth: Santiago de Cuba
Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight: 67 kilograms (150 lb)

Emilio Correa (born May 21, 1953 in Santiago de Cuba) is a former Cuban amateur boxer who won welterweight gold at the Olympics 1972. He is not to be confused with his middleweight namesake, who is actually his son.

Inspired by his compatriots Roberto Caminero "Chocolatico" Pérez, Enrique Regüeiferos, Félix Betancourt and Rolando Garbey who also hail from Santiago de Cuba, he started boxing in 1966.

At the PanAm Games in Cali, Colombia (1971) he won gold against American Larry Carlisle, but only when he beat Betancourt at the national championships in 1972 he secured his ticket to the Olympics.

There he knocked out defending champion Manfred Wolke and beat the rest on points to win the first Cuban welterweight gold.

1974 he became the inaugural world champion at welterweight by knocking out American Clinton Jackson.

1973 to 1976 he defended his national title and in 1977 won the national junior middleweight title.

Internationally he didn't have much success after 1974. At the PanAm Games in Ciudad de México (1975) he lost a decision to Jackson.

At the Olympics 1976 he lost inside the distance to Venezuelan Pedro Gamarro.

  • 1st round bye
  • Defeated Plamen Yankov (Bulgaria) RSC 2
  • Lost to Pedro Gamarro (Venezuela) RSC 3

He fought his last fight winning the junior middleweight title in 1979.

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