The new World Boxing Council (WBC) light-heavyweight champion, Yugoslavia's Mate parlov, has begun a tough training programme before defending his title.
GV PAN: Street in Lipica, Yugoslavia, including training centre.
CU: Poster, ZOOM OUT. (2 SHOTS)
INTERIOR CU: Parlov ZOOM OUT, shakes hands with Hugo Simon.
CU: Boxing gloves on wall.
CU: Sparring in ring... Parlov (left) with Italian boxer Zanon.
SV: More sparring.
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Background: The new World Boxing Council (WBC) light-heavyweight champion, Yugoslavia's Mate parlov, has begun a tough training programme before defending his title.
SYNOPSIS: Parlov is training in the quiet Slovenian village of Lipica, in Yugoslavia.
Since becoming the world light heavyweight champion in January, Parlov has become a national hero. But success in boxing is not new to him.
His career as an amateur boxer was sometimes spectacularly successful, and spanned nine years from 1965 to 1974. He began as a middleweight but was beaten at the Quarter-finals in the 1968 Olympic Games.
He switched divisions into light-heavyweight and in 1969 won a Silver medal at the European championships. From then on, he has never lost an amateur bout. He won gold medals at the 1971 and 1973 European championships, at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, at the world championships in havana. In 1975, at the age of 27, Mate Parlov turned Professional and quickly won the European light heavyweight title by beating Domenico Adinolfo of Italy.
In January this year, Parlov, a southpaw, knocked Miguel Cuello out in the ninth round to become Yugoslavia's first world professional boxing champion. He will meet an American opponent in Sarajevo on April the Thirtieth, and in June he'll fight britain's John Conteh, himself a former world light heavyweight champion.