Duane Bobick

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Name: Duane Bobick
Hometown: Little Falls, Minnesota, USA
Birthplace: Bowlus, Minnesota, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 191cm
Reach: 208cm
Judge: Record
Referee: Record
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Career Review

  • Served in the U.S. Navy. Was 3-time All-Navy Heavyweight Champion, 2-time All-Service Heavyweight Champion and 2-time International Military champion,
  • While in the navy he outpointed future champ Mike Weaver
  • Amateur Record: 93-13 (61 KOs)
  • 1971 Pan-American Games Heavyweight champion:
  • 1971 National AAU Heavyweight Champion, New Orleans, NO (April 28-May 1)
  • 1972 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion
  • 1972 Olympic Games:
  • Turned professional under Bill Daniels.
  • Won his first 19 fights by knockout.
  • In 1974, Bobick kayoed Mike Weaver in the 7th round. Weaver was WBA heavyweight champion from 1980 to 1982.
  • Featured on the cover of Ring Magazine: August 1974
  • His brother Rodney Bobick died in a single car crash in 1977.
  • Bobick changed managers after his 26th straight victory, signing with former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.
  • With a record of 38-0 (32 (KOs), lost his first fight when he was TKO'd in 58 seconds by No. 1 ranked contender Ken Norton on national television after being stunned by a punch to his Adam's Apple. Saturday Night Live made fun of Bobick by showing his knockout loss, over and over again.
  • The first man to go the distance with Bobick was former heavyweight contender Billy Daniels.
  • Bobick starred in a relatively unknown boxing film, Billy Boy, made in South Africa in 1979.
  • In 1997, while working at a paper mill company in Minnesota, Bobick's arms were severely damaged when they became entangled in the rollers.
  • Bobick was a 1997 Acts of Kindness: Governor's Volunteer Award Winner in 1997 for his service as a volunteer which included school, church and hospital volunteer work. He is currently on the city council at Bowlus, Minnesota and is a coach and inspirational public speaker.

External Links

  • "The Dreams of Wonderful Years" - Duane Bobick! by Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing, July 6, 2011 [1]
  • Duane Bobick: Sadness Prepared Me, by Robert Mladinich, The Sweet Science, Feb. 3, 2008 [2]
  • Bobick: New Boxing Star?, July 24, 1972 by Mike Rabun, UPI Sports Writer [3]
  • Amateur record: [4]