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Rudie Lubbers

Full name: Rudolfus Josefus Maria "Rudie" Lubbers
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 179 lbs (81 kg)
Born: August 17, 1945 in Heerhugowaard, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: Bisschop, Amsterdam (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Boxing

Biography

As an amateur, Rudie Lubbers was an 8-time Dutch champion in the light-heavyweight (6 times) and heavyweight divisions. Internationally, he did not achieve great successes, being eliminated early in 3 European Championships and 2 Olympics. In 1970, he turned professional, and gained the Dutch heavyweight title the next year, holding it until his retirement in 1981. Lubbers competed twice for the European heavyweight title, but lost both bouts. His greatest claim to fame is his 1973 fight against Muhammad Ali in Jakarta. Lubbers lasted the full 12 rounds, although the Dutchman was clearly no match for Ali. In 1986, Lubbers was arrested in Portugal on charges of drug smuggling (which he has always denied) and served nearly four years in prison. Upon his release, the ex-boxer tried to make a living working on funfairs with his wife. When his spouse was declared bankrupt, Lubbers eventually became homeless. In 2009, he was found living in a ramshackle caravan with his 20 dogs.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Boxing Men's Light-Heavyweight Netherlands NED 9T
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Boxing Men's Heavyweight Netherlands NED 5T

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Boxing Netherlands NED Round Two Match #2 2 1964-10-17 Pinto (ITA) , Lubbers (NED) 0 59 57 58 58 58 290
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Boxing Netherlands NED Round One Match #3 1 1964-10-14 Lubbers (NED) bye

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR R
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Boxing Netherlands NED Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 1968-10-22 Rocha (MEX) , Lubbers (NED) 2 58 59+ 58 58 60 293
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Boxing Netherlands NED Round One Match #5 1 1968-10-16 Lubbers (NED) , Dahshan (EGY) disqualified 3
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