By Jim Amato

Scott LeDoux of Minnesota was a heavyweight contender in the 1970′s and 80′s. He was a game and rugged customer who crossed gloves with some of the best the heavyweight division had to offer during his era.

In his fifty-bout career Scott met eight heavyweight champions. EIGHT! George Foreman, Leon Spinks, Ken Norton, Mike Weaver, Gerrie Coetzee, Frank Bruno,Larry Holmes and Greg Page. On July 7,1980 Scott met Larry Holmes for the WBC title. He was stopped in seven rounds. In addition to meeting eight champs, he also fought three men who challenged for crown. They were Ron Lyle, Terry Daniels and Ron Stander. He also met other worthy contenders like Duane and Rodney Bobick, Marty Monroe, Dino Dennis, Larry Middleton and Johnny Boudreaux. Scott’s bout with Boudreaux stands out. It was part of the United States Boxing Tourney. LeDoux lost a very debatable decision. A little scuffle ensued and somewhere in melee Howard Cosell’s toupee was dislodged. Fond memories…

My favorite LeDoux fight was his battle with Ken Norton. Well behind on points the gutsy LeDoux mounted a rally to close the gap. He had Norton out on his feet at the final bell. The bout ended in a draw. After his career ended Scott did some fine work as a TV commentator. He later served as the Minnesota boxing commissioner. May he rest in peace.

Jim Amato

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