Yevgeny Minaev, Featherweight Legend

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History in Color: Yevgeny Minaev

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On the cover photo from the “History in Color” series, Olympic champion Yevgeny Minaev of Team USSR competes in the 60kg weight class at the 1961 Prize of Moscow international tournament.

Yevgeny Minaev (1933-1993) competed for the Moscow Army Club and was one of the strongest featherweights in the world in the late 1950s to mid 1960s.

He represented the Soviet Union at two Summer Olympics and won silver medal in 1956 and became an Olympic champion in Rome in 1960. Minaev was a 2x World champion (1957, 1962) and 3x European champion ((1958, 1960, 1962).

He won 7 titles at the USSR Championships (1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963. 1965, 1966)  and 2 gold medals at the USSR Spartakiads (1959, 1963).

On the international arena, Minaev faced a very serious rival, fabulous U.S. featherweight Isaac Berger. They competed on so many occasions, that they were able to talk to each other without an interpretor for hours despite the fact that Berger didn’t speak Russian and Minaev – English.

Yevgeny Minaev set 9 world records. 8 of those were in the press lift.

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