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Duane Bobick - 1970s Heavyweights

For Duane Bobick, he had an outstanding amateur career that included a victory over future heavyweight champion Larry Holmes that propelled Bobick to the 1972 Olympic team where he would get knocked out by the Cuban great Teofilo Stevenson. This came after a defeat of Stevenson a year earlier at the Pan American Games. Bobick also fought Ron Lyle before turning pro but Lyle left this heavyweight unconscious in one of their two meetings for over five minutes. Once he turned pro, Bobick won his first 38 fights and while being trained by Joe Frazier opted to get in the ring against Ken Norton it was against Frazier’s advice. The result was bad with Norton destroying Bobick in one round. Duane Bobick would never get a title shot but he did lose just four times in 52 fights, the loss to Norton, a KO loss to Kallie Knoetze, and back-to-back losses to close out his career at the hands of John Tate and George Chaplin. When he hung up the gloves he was only 28.

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