Boxing / Boxers
A listing of athletes born in Minnesota who have left their mark in the boxing world. Partially compiled from “Minnesota’s 50 Greatest Sports Athletes” – Sports Illustrated (1999).
- Duane Bobick (Little Falls, MN)
Became world amateur heavyweight champion in 1971, and also won the gold medal at the 1971 Pan American Games. He was on the US Olympics Team at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany.
- Del Flanagan (St. Paul, MN)
Del Flanagan was known in the world boxing scene during the 1950’s. He and brother Glen were called the Fighting Flanagan Brothers. Both are in the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
- Tommy Gibbons (St. Paul, MN)
One of boxing’s greatest non-champions; lost 15-round decision to Jack Dempsey in 1923. Career record 57-4-1. He and his brother Mike were known as the Gibbons Brothers.
- Scott LeDoux (Crosby-Ironton, MN)
Known as “The Fighting Frenchman”, LeDoux’s opponents included Ken Norton, Leon Spinks, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, and Larry Holmes. In his match with Leon Spinks on October 22, 1977, LeDoux earned a ‘draw’, just months before Spinks defeated Ali for the world heavyweight title. LeDoux passed away on August 11, 2011 from ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), more commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.