Duane Bobick

Duane Bobick (born August 24, 1950) is a retired boxer from the United States. As an amateur he won the gold medal at the 1971 Pan American Games and fought at the 1972 Olympics. He then turned professional and retired in 1979 with a record of 48 wins (42 by knockout) and four losses, all by knockout.

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Duane Bobick at the 1972 Olympics
Weight(s)94 kg (207 lb)
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Reach208 cm (82 in)
Born (1950-08-24) August 24, 1950 (age 69)
Little Falls, Minnesota, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights52
Wins by KO42

Amateur careerEdit

Bobick was part of a boxing family and grew up with the sport in the 1960s. A good puncher who developed well early by virtue of countless hours in the gym and ring, Bobick had an outstanding amateur career that included a win over Teófilo Stevenson at the 1971 Pan American Games. Bobick added another future champion to his list when he beat Larry Holmes to be named to the 1972 U.S. Olympic boxing team. But lurking on Bobick's amateur record were two devastating second-round one-punch knockout losses at the hands of future heavyweight contender Ron Lyle. The first time, Lyle dispatched of him at the national AAU quarterfinals. The second time, fighting for a spot on the national team, Bobick was dropped with a straight right at 30 seconds of the second round, and was unconscious in the ring for over five minutes.[1][2]

While being an amateur Bobick served as a quartermaster in the U.S. Navy. He was a three-time Navy Heavyweight Champion, two-time All-Service Heavyweight Champion and two-time International Military champion.[3] He was touted as a rising star at this early stage, and may have been overconfident as he met Stevenson again at the 1972 Olympics. The fight was even after two rounds with Stevenson getting the edge in round one and Bobick rallying in round two. In the third round, Bobick fell victim to a nemesis that would bedevil him for the rest of his boxing career, the overhand right. Stunned, floored and eventually defenseless, Bobick was pounded by the Cuban champion until the bout was stopped; this was Bobick's last bout as an amateur.[4] By that time he had a record of 93 wins (60 by KO) and 10 losses.[5]


  All-Navy Championships, Mare Island, California, April 1971:

  • Finals: Defeated Rick Harris KO 2 (1:50)

  Inter-service Championships, Mare Island, California, April 1971:

  • 1/2: Defeated Kenneth Hassan KO 1
  • Finals: Defeated Louis Slaughter by decision

  National Championships, New Orleans, Louisiana, April–May 1971:

  • 1/16: Defeated William Anderson KO 2 (2:02)
  • 1/8: Defeated Michael Weaver KO 1
  • 1/4: Defeated Don Nelson KO 1
  • 1/2: Defeated Fred Houpe KO 2
  • Finals: Defeated Ronald Draper by decision

1971 Pan-American Games Heavyweight champion

1972 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion

Pro careerEdit

Bobick trained hard to start his pro career, which did not begin until the spring of 1973. He trained with and was managed by heavyweight legend Joe Frazier. Bobick's first match was against Tommy Burns. He sent Burns to the canvas four times on his way to a first-round KO. Bobick had 14 other fights in 1973, winning them all by KO, including a win over former contender Manuel Ramos. Bobick won his first 19 fights by knockout.[6]

He had 10 more fights in 1974, winning them all again, eight by KO. Knockout wins that year included Ted Gullick and future champion Mike Weaver. He also decisioned veteran boxer Billy Daniels. With a 25-0 record and 23 KOs he was then rated as the sport's new "White Hope,"[4] taking that label from then-declining Jerry Quarry. Frazier himself was approaching retirement and focusing on upcoming paydays with protégé Bobick.

Bobick gained top-10 ranking in 1975 with eight more fights and wins, all again by KO. He was now being dodged by some, but a win over Randy Neumann proved he could not be ignored. He had a tentative contract with Muhammad Ali in 1976, but the fight never materialized. Instead he met and defeated lower ranked contender Larry Middleton, fellow Minnesotan Scott LeDoux, Bunny Johnson and veteran Chuck Wepner among his five 1976 fights, all wins with two KOs.[6]

The Norton fightEdit

Having a 38-0 record with 32 KOs he fought the future champion Ken Norton in a prime time network television bout in May 1977. Both fighters appeared tight and cautious from the opening bell. Norton suddenly connected with an unexpected overhand right flush onto Bobick's chin. He staggered wildly unable to clinch and avoid Norton's furious assault. Norton trapped Bobick in a corner landing several roundhouse rights. One of the punches that connected was a right uppercut that caught Bobick in the throat. Staggered, blind from his tearing eyes as a result of the throat punch and walloped by another huge right hand, Bobick went to the canvas face first. He rose as the count reached ten. Bobick swayed on unsteady legs and the bout was stopped. The fight officially lasted just 58 seconds, but the actual length of the contest was about 70 seconds. Trainer Joe Frazier had apparently advised Bobick not to take the fight.[7]


Despite the embarrassing defeat, Bobick was back in the ring two months later, winning a rematch with Scott LeDoux. He finished the year 1977 at 40-1 with 34 KOs.[6]

In 1978, he was upset in the third round by South African Kallie Knoetze for his second KO loss, again falling victim to an overhand right. Cut over his right eye and floored, Bobick rose at the count of 8 but the fight was stopped. He fought eight more times against second-tier fighters in 1978, winning all by KO.[6]

He was then looking to return to top-level contention in 1979 securing a nationally televised bout with future belt-holder and Stevenson's 1976 Olympic KO victim John Tate. Bobick talked openly pre-bout of his new commitment to training and conditioning, citing reduced body fat statistics as proof of his seriousness to return to the top of the heavyweight ranks. Hurt early in the first round by an overhand right as in the Norton fight, Bobick couldn't clinch to clear his head and continued to move forward absorbing terrible punishment. A knockdown followed by a dozen overhand rights from Tate forced the referee to stop the bout a little over two minutes into the first round. A TKO loss (stopped due to deep cuts on both eyelids) to prospect George Chaplin later that year led to his retirement at age 28.[citation needed]

Professional boxing recordEdit

48 Wins (42 knockouts, 6 decisions), 4 Losses (4 knockouts, 0 decisions)[6]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 48-4   George Chaplin RTD 6 1979-07-03   Resorts Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Bobick retired at 3:00 of the sixth round.
Loss 48-3   "Big" John Tate KO 1 1979-02-17   Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Bobick knocked out at 2:25 of the first round.
Win 48-2   Henry "Bulldog" Patterson KO 2 1978-12-23   Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Win 47-2   Tom Nickson TKO 3 1978-12-05   Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Win 46-2   Terry Mims TKO 7 1978-11-30   Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:06 of the seventh round.
Win 45-2   Tom Prater TKO 5 1978-10-31   Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 44-2   John "Speedy" Jordan KO 1 1978-10-09   Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Virginia, United States
Win 43-2   Fernando Montes KO 3 1978-08-30   Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Win 42-2   Jerry Thompkins KO 2 1978-08-16   Star Theatre, Nanuet, New York, United States
Win 41-2   Mike "The Tank" Schutte TKO 8 1978-03-20   Good Hope Centre, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa
Loss 40-2   Kallie Knoetze KO 3 1978-02-04   Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
Win 40-1   Pedro Agosto KO 3 1977-11-30   Newark, New Jersey, United States Agosto knocked out at 2:03 of the third round.
Win 39-1   Scott LeDoux TKO 8 1977-07-28   Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, Minnesota, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the eighth round.
Loss 38-1   Ken Norton TKO 1 1977-05-11   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:58 of the first round.
Win 38-0   Fred Houpe UD 10 1976-10-30   The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 47-45, 47-45, 46-44.
Win 37-0   Chuck Wepner TKO 6 1976-10-02   Utica College Sports Complex, Utica, New York, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:12 of the sixth round.
Win 36-0   Bunny Johnson TKO 8 1976-05-24   Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany
Win 35-0   Scott LeDoux UD 10 1976-04-22   Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, Minnesota, United States 100-92, 99-91, 100-92.
Win 34-0   Larry Middleton UD 10 1976-02-06   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
Win 33-0   Randy Neumann TKO 4 1975-12-12   Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:17 of the fourth round.
Win 32-0   George "Scrap Iron" Johnson RTD 4 1975-11-13   Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Win 31-0   Rochelle "The Roach" Norris KO 2 1975-10-21   Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Norris knocked out at 2:59 of the second round.
Win 30-0   "Irish" Pat Duncan KO 8 1975-08-26   Largo Capitol Centre, Largo, Maryland, United States
Win 29-0   Oliver Wright KO 3 1975-06-25   Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Win 28-0   Ernie Lassiter TKO 2 1975-05-31   Waterbury Armory, Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Win 27-0   Reinaldo Raul Gorosito UD 10 1975-04-23   Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Win 26-0   Roy "Cookie" Wallace KO 2 1975-04-04   Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, United States Wallace knocked out at 1:25 of the second round.
Win 25-0   Harold "70's Version" Carter TKO 2 1974-08-10   Fairmont, West Virginia, United States
Win 24-0   Mike "Hercules" Weaver TKO 7 1974-07-26   San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California, United States
Win 23-0   Donnie "Admiral" Nelson TKO 1 1974-07-16   Denver, Colorado, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:52 of the first round.
Win 22-0   Art "of Boxing" Robinson KO 3 1974-06-22   Little Falls, Minnesota, United States
Win 21-0   Lou Bailey UD 10 1974-04-22   Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Win 20-0   Billy "The Barber" Daniels UD 10 1974-04-06   Huntington, West Virginia, United States
Win 19-0   Ted Gullick TKO 2 1974-03-20   Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:31 of the second round.
Win 18-0   Jimmy "Old Rugged" Cross KO 3 1974-02-19   Oklahoma City, United States
Win 17-0   Jimmy "Slim" Summerville TKO 2 1974-02-05   Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Win 16-0   Orville Qualls KO 2 1974-01-25   San Diego Coliseum, San Diego, California, United States
Win 15-0   Rico Brooks KO 2 1973-12-06   Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, Nebraska, United States Brooks knocked out at 2:19 of the second round.
Win 14-0   John "Big John" Hudgins TKO 2 1973-11-24   Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, Virginia, United States
Win 13-0   Roger "The Dodger" Russell KO 5 1973-10-30   Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12-0   Orvin Veazey KO 2 1973-10-16   Columbia Music Hall, West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Win 11-0   Ron Draper KO 4 1973-09-25   Kansas City, Missouri, United States Draper knocked out at 1:46 of the fourth round.
Win 10-0   Manuel "Pulgarcito" Ramos TKO 7 1973-09-15   Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Win 9-0   GG Maldonado KO 2 1973-08-22   Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 8-0   Leslie Borden TKO 3 1973-08-15   Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 7-0   Ned Edwards KO 3 1973-08-08   Binghamton Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Binghamton, New York, United States
Win 6-0   Sylvester Murphy KO 1 1973-07-06   Bristol International Raceway, Bristol, Tennessee, United States
Win 5-0   Doug Kirk TKO 2 1973-06-15   Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:16 of the second round.
Win 4-0   Clyde "Sandman" Brown TKO 2 1973-05-31   Frankfort, Kentucky, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:45 of the second round.
Win 3-0 "Slim" Jim Williams KO 5 1973-05-12   Denver Coliseum, Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 2-0   "Slick" Willie Anderson TKO 3 1973-04-21   Capitol Plaza, Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 1-0   Tommy "Side" Burns KO 1 1973-04-10   Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States Burns knocked out at 2:59 of the first round.

Life after boxingEdit

Bobick returned to Minnesota and took heavy industry work before a machine accident nearly killed him in 1997. Both his arms were caught and crushed between huge paper rolls being rotated in a paper mill. He narrowly avoided amputation after a complex surgery to re-attach muscles and tendons and repair skin and bone damage. After that he went into coaching and public speaking, using his celebrity to possibly encourage and help others. In November 2006, Bobick was elected as a city councilman.[4] and on June 19, 2014 he was inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame in Troy, Michigan.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Bobick's younger brother Rodney Bobick was also a heavyweight boxer of note, though less successful, and died in a single car crash in 1977.[3]

Bobick suffers from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (also known as dementia pugilistica). Originally diagnosed in 1997 after his arm injury, his progressive decline has been noteworthy in recent years. He was quoted in 2011 by the Morrison County Record saying "I'm not sure I would have gone into boxing back then if I would have known all the effects of head trauma that I know today, but I don’t regret the experience, intense training and discipline I learned from the sport."[9]


  1. ^ Ali, Frazier, . . . and Lyle? (Special Report) by Paul Loewenwarter, 60 minutes, March 1971, vol. 3, no. 12.
  2. ^ Lotierzo, Frank. "Ron Lyle: The Only Fighter To Hurt Foreman In Maybe The Finest Hour For Both". The Sweet Science.
  3. ^ a b Duane Bobick. boxrec.com
  4. ^ a b c Duane Bobick Archived 2016-07-29 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
  5. ^ Duane BOBICK. reocities.com
  6. ^ a b c d e Boxing record for Duane Bobick Archived 2015-04-30 at the Wayback Machine. BoxRec.com.
  7. ^ Fraziers autobiography
  8. ^ "Duane Bobick". National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.
  9. ^ Slack, Patrick (February 12, 2012). "Hall of Fame boxer Duane Bobick faces his greatest fight". Morrison County Record. Retrieved 5 June 2016.

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Preceded by
Ron Lyle
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
Succeeded by
Nick Wells