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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Scott LeDoux, American boxer, died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis he was 62


Alan Scott LeDoux, "The Fighting Frenchman,"  was a politician, professional heavyweight boxer, professional wrestler and referee.

(January 7, 1949 – August 11, 2011)

Career

Boxing

LeDoux began his professional boxing career in 1974. His first boxing match was a knockout victory over Arthur Pullens. LeDoux's final bout in 1983 was a technical knockout loss to Frank Bruno. LeDoux retired with a record of 33-13-4 (22 knockouts).
LeDoux's opponents included Ken Norton, Ron Lyle, Gerrie Coetzee, Leon Spinks, Greg Page, Frank Bruno, George Foreman, Mike Weaver, and Larry Holmes. In his match with Leon Spinks, LeDoux earned a 'draw', just months before Spinks defeated Ali. LeDoux also took part in a five round exhibition match with Muhammad Ali. LeDoux over the course of his career also sparred with Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis.
Ledoux's best achievements were that he scored draws against Leon Spinks and an ageing Ron Lyle. He also nearly knocked out a past his peak Ken Norton in round ten, when after some confusion as to whether the Ref had signalled the fight over or not it was declared a draw. Never a 'fancy dan' fighter style-wise as they say in the trade, Ledoux was probably underrated in much of his career- he had met many tough top-name opponents.
On April 22, 1976, LeDoux lost to fellow Minnesotan Duane Bobick before a crowd of 13,789, which is still a Minnesota record.[1]
LeDoux later worked as a ringside commentator for ESPN and in 1986 as a referee for the American Wrestling Association.
It was announced on July 5, 2010 that LeDoux would be a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame.[2]

Politics

LeDoux was elected to the Anoka County, Minnesota Board of County Commissioners[3] and re-elected in 2008, defeating challenger Becky Fink.[4]
In 2006, the Minnesota Legislature authorized the creation of a state Boxing Commission. LeDoux was appointed boxing commissioner by the state Governor Tim Pawlenty. In August 2006 LeDoux was also named Executive Director of the Minnesota Combative Sports Commission.

Controversy

  • In 2007, the Chief Executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Melanie Benjamin, objected to LeDoux's public criticism of her band and their boxing matches at the Grand Casino Hinckley Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota.[5]
  • In November 2007, LeDoux was accused by boxing promoter John Hoffman of "insulting and assaulting" him at a boxing event in Maplewood, Minnesota.[6] LeDoux claims that Hoffman was intoxicated and fabricated the story.[6]
  • In December 2008 a state investigation revealed that LeDoux, in his capacity as head of the Combative Sports Commission, accepted free tickets to an MMA event, some of which had a face value of $600. This was determined to be a violation of state ethics rules.[7]
  • In January 2009, commission member Chad Ridler resigned in protest "of the inaction of the commission in providing oversight of Scott LeDoux...He's unaccountable".[8]

Personal life

LeDoux was diagnosed with ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease" in August 2008. A point of note however is that a 2010 study, see Wikipedia link to, questioned the diagnosis in athletes who'd experienced head trauma or repeated concussions. It suggests some may have a variant of Dementia Pugilistica, known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or Boxer's Syndrome.[9] [10] LeDoux was a member of the National Board of Directors of the Wishes and More.[11] He was also honorary chair of the American Cancer Society. LeDoux founded a golf tournament called the Scott LeDoux Long Haul Classic.
LeDoux died of his illness on August 11, 2011.[12][13]

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