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Former Heavyweight Scott LeDoux Passes Away

'Fightin Frenchman' loses battle with ALS

Posted Aug 16, 2011 by Chris White

Scott LeDoux

Former WBC heavyweight boxer Scott LeDoux has passed away following a long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, (ALS). He was 62.

The American title contender lost to Larry Holmes by TKO in July 1980 it a title fight, and also fought George Foreman and Frank Bruno in a 10-year professional boxing career that came to an end in 1983. ‘The Fighting Frenchman’ won 33 of his 50 professional fights, with 22 coming by knockout.

He won his first professional fight in February 1974, knocking out Arthur Pullins in round three in his home state of Minnesota. He won his first 12 fights as a professional, before Roy Wallace brought that run to an end in 1975. He took on Foreman next and was beaten in the third round.

His final fight was a third-round stoppage by Bruno at Wembley Arena in 1983, and he moved into politics after boxing, as a commissioner in Anoka County in Minnesota until his resignation in 2010 due to his battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the former New York Yankees baseball player whose career and life were cut short by the form or motor neurone disease.

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