Full name: Duane David Bobick
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 207 lbs (94 kg)
Born: August 24, 1950 in Bowlus, Minnesota, United States
Affiliations: US Navy, (USA)
Country: United States
In 1971 Duane Bobick won the AAU heavyweight title, and the Pan American Games gold medal. He won the 1972 Golden Gloves championship, and was considered a favorite for the 1972 Olympic gold medal. At the 1971 Pan Ams, Bobick had defeated Cuban [Teófilo Stevenson], but Stevenson TKOed Bobick in the quarter-finals at München, went on to win the gold medal, and became a legendary amateur heavyweight.
Bobick turned professional and became the first in a long line of “Great White Hopes.” He faced some major fighters, including Ken Norton and [John Tate], but never fought for a major title. Bobick boxed professionally from 1973 through July 1979, finishing with a career record of 48 wins (42 by KO) and 4 losses, all by knockout. He returned to Minnesota and later did heavy industrial work. In 1997 Bobick was almost killed when his arms were caught and crushed between paper rolls in a paper mill, and he narrowly avoided amputations. That same year he was given the Acts of Kindness: Governor’s Volunteer Award for his work as a volunteer which included school, church and hospital volunteer work. Bobick later suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and had to be cared for full-time by his wife.
|1972 Summer||22||München||Boxing||Men's Heavyweight||United States||USA||5T|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Boxing||United States||USA||Quarter-Finals||Match #2||2||1972-09-06||Stevenson (CUB) , Bobick (USA)|
|1972 Summer||22||München||Boxing||United States||USA||Round One||Match #4||1||1972-09-03||Bobick (USA) , Nesterov (URS)||decision||5||60||60||60||60||59||299|