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Duane Bobick
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Boxer
    (August 24, 1950- )
    Born in Little Falls, Minnesota
    American heavyweight boxing contender in the 1970's mostly known for being white and not being able to take a punch
    Professional record of 48- 4 with 42 wins and all 4 losses coming by KO
    He could not take a punch, not even a little bit. In addition to all four of his professional losses coming by knockout, he was also knocked out in the amateurs by Ron Lyle and Teofilo Stevenson.
    Although his trainer/manager, Joe Frazier was black, he was openly marketed as a 'white hope.'
    In his first professional match against a top contender, Ken Norton knocked him out in 58 seconds of the first round.
    After retirement, he became a politician and was elected to the city council in his hometown.
    Saturday Night Live used a clip from his fight with Norton in a mock commercial about black on white crime and CBS Sports Spectacular ran it in their opening credits for years.
    He had undoubted courage and good basic skills.
    He was a pretty good puncher himself.
    He served honorably in the US Navy.
    He beat Stevenson in their first fight and also beat future heavyweight champ Larry Holmes in the amateurs.
    After retiring, he dedicated himself to working to help his hometown.
    While working as a machinist years after retirement, his right arm was mangled in an accident, almost requiring amputation and leaving him permanently handicapped.

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