Boxing, and European amateur heavyweight title holder, Eugeni Gorstkov has become "Absolute Champion" of the Soviet Union for the third time.
SV ZOOM INTO CU Glass boxing trophies at event in Leningrad
SV Eugeni Gorstkov (white shorts) boxing Pjotr Zajev
CU Judge watching
SV Boxers clinching and referee intervenes. Bout continues with close-quarter action (2 shots)
SV Gorstkov starting to score with punches to head
SV Bout in progress in the last round. Bell rings and boxers congratulate each other and walk to corner
SV Photographers taking pictures as referee raises Gorstkov's arm
SV Gorstkov receives Crystal Glove trophy
Teofilio Stevenson won the gold medal at both the 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Olympics and he is confident that he can make it a hat-trick of golds in 1980. Defeat is virtually unknown to the Cuban, but he has twice been beaten by Igor Vysotsky of the Soviet Union, who boxed in Leningrad. Vysotsky met Gennady Kokurin, at 100 kilos the heaviest man in the championships, and was outpointed.
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Background: Boxing, and European amateur heavyweight title holder, Eugeni Gorstkov has become "Absolute Champion" of the Soviet Union for the third time. In the final of the Crystal Glove Championships in Leningrad on Tuesday (27 December) Gorstkov met 1975 champion Pjotr Zajev, and won on a unanimous points decision. It was his 128th win in 142 contests.
SYNOPSIS: There were 15 entries for the championships, which were held over four days.
It was the seventh meeting between Gorstkov and Zajev and Gorstkov, in the white shorts, had won four of their previous six contests. In the opening round the European champion, who at 94 kilos was six kilos heavier, was happy to give ground and let Zajev do the chasing.
Zajev's higher work rate gave him a slight edge at the end of the first, but in the second Gorstkov, working well behind his left, began to take control. At close quarters there was a lot of wrestling and holding, and the referee stepped in twice to warn them. Zajev got through with several punches over the top, but the cleaner work was Gorstkov's.
The championships attracted 6,000 fans, and as the bout progressed Gorstkov began to jab and move with the confidence that won him the European title in East Germany last June.
By the third Zajev was bleeding from the nose, and Gorstkov was well on his way to another win over his old rival. The championships emphasised the tremendous strength in depth the Soviet Union has achieved at heavy-weight level and Gorstkov was a worthy winner.
Only the United States can match the Soviet Union's heavyweight power, but neither country is expected to win the gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics....the hot favourite is again double gold medallist. Teofilio Stevenson of Cuba.