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Duane Bobick

Full name: Duane David Bobick
Gender: Male
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: USA United States
Sport: Boxing


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.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 22 München Boxing Men's Heavyweight United States USA 5T

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP
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
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