Scott LeDoux (Jan. 7, 1949 – Aug. 11, 2011)

By Ted Sares on August 12, 2011
Scott LeDoux (Jan. 7, 1949 – Aug. 11, 2011)
Scott LeDoux fought tough guys because he was a tough guy during an era of tough guys

LeDoux was a rough, tough, 6’2”, 220 lb. road warrior out of Minnesota who fought the very best during the golden age of heavyweights in the 70s…

“If I’m gonna fight in the alley, I want LeDoux with me.”—Pat Summerall

“I get no greater satisfaction than to help a family or a cause that touches lives.”—Scott LeDoux

“You’ve got to look at it (ALS) as a fight in the main event.”—Scott LeDoux

“He was ‘a gentle giant with a heart of gold.’”—County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah

In 2008, Scott LeDoux was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Sadly, on August 11, 2011, he lost his fight against this dreaded disease, but he fought it with quiet dignity and great courage. He was 62 years old.

Known as “The Fighting Frenchman,” LeDoux was a rough, tough, 6’2”, 220 lb. road warrior out of Minnesota who fought the very best during the golden age of heavyweights in the 70s. Big boppers like Frazier, Ali, Quarry, Norton, Foreman, Shavers, Chuvalo, Terrell, Weaver, Jeff Merritt, MacFoster, Joe Bugner, Leroy Jones, Jimmy Young, and Jimmy Ellis, among many others, roamed the landscape.

He worked at his trade from 1974 to 1983. During the earlier part of his career, he met Roy “Cookie” Wallace, Rodney Bobick, Terry Daniels, George “Scrap Iron” Johnson, Ron “The Butcher” Stander and Larry Middleton. Aside from a cut eye stoppage to Wallace in 1975, Scott ran his record to a fine 18-1-1 going into a bout against rugged Duane Bobick (34-0 coming in). The fight between these two Minnesota-born fighters was held at the Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN on April 22, 1976.The attendance was a record 13,789. LeDoux lost a UD and then went on to lose to tough John “Dino” Dennis (27-0-1 at the time), and Big George Foreman (42-1when they fought).

After “losing” to Johnny Boudreaux (19-1-1) in a horrendous decision that prompted a grand jury investigation that rivaled Lara-Williams in its unfairness, he stepped up to an even higher level of opposition. He beat Pedro Soto and Tom Prater before losing a rematch to Duane Bobick (38-1). Then, after consecutive draws with Leon Spinks and Bill Sharkey, LeDoux ran off four KOs including a stoppage of “Big Jim” Beattie (41-7).

Amazingly, LeDoux stepped up to an even higher level of competition meeting Ron Lyle, Ken Norton, Mike Weaver, undefeated bomber Marty Monroe, and then Larry Holmes (34-0) in 1980 for the WBC Heavyweight Title. After his stoppage loss to Holmes in which he was thumbed by one of Larry’s jabs, he would go on to fight Greg Page, Gerrie Coetzee, Gordon Racette, Ken Arlt, and closed out his career in 1983 with a TKO loss to Frank Bruno in London.

His final slate was 33-13-4, but more significantly, he fought seven opponents who were heavyweight champion of the world at some point in their career. He also fought top contenders on their home turf. Scott LeDoux fought tough guys because he was a tough guy during an era of tough guy heavyweights.

After boxing, he went on to a successful political career and won a seat on the Anoka County Board (an exurban area north of Minneapolis) in 2004. His devoted wife, Carol, was elected to the District 5 seat in November 2010 to fill out the remainder of his second term. He also served as the executive director of the Minnesota Combative Sports Commission. He was active in charity work as well. In short, Scott was a credit to his sport and to his community.

He is survived by his wife Carol, son Josh, daughter Molly, and two sisters. He was preceded in death by his first wife Sandy.

If heaven has a Boxing Hall of Fame, I am sure Scott is in it.

May the Lord grant him eternal peace.

“I’m very blessed to have the life I’ve had and to have traveled the world, seen the things I’ve seen. I’m blessed to have had the career that I’ve had.”—Scott LeDoux

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Ron Lyle vs Scott LeDoux 1/2

Ron Lyle vs Scott LeDoux 2/2 + Ron Lyle vs Gerry Cooney

Ken Norton vs. Scott Ledoux part 1/3

Ken Norton vs. Scott Ledoux part 2/3

Ken Norton vs. Scott Ledoux part 3/3

Mike Weaver vs Scott leDoux

Larry Holmes Vs Scott Ledoux Rds 1 2

Larry Holmes Vs Scott Ledoux Rds 3 4 5

Larry Holmes Vs Scott Ledoux Rds 6 7

Frank Bruno vs Scott LeDoux

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  1. The Thresher 03:08pm, 08/15/2011

    Thank you, Dave.

  2. Dave Wilcox 08:06am, 08/15/2011

    Great job, Bull…thanks

  3. The Thresher 12:40pm, 08/14/2011

    Canvasback, that was mighty nice of you.

  4. canvasback 06:05am, 08/14/2011

    It is great to have a compassionate, knowledgeable columnist. Keep up the good fight!

  5. The Thresher 11:48am, 08/13/2011

    Dan, he was a complex and very decent person with total candor and honesty.

  6. Dan Adams 08:05am, 08/13/2011

    Hey, Ted; good to read your writing again and also to read about tough-guy Scott LeDoux.  Always tried hard, did Scott, and he was terribly unlucky not to have known one great victory, at least, over Ken Norton.  Seemed like a good man, too, with a heart as big outside of the ring as in it.  RIP.

  7. The Thresher 07:03am, 08/13/2011

    Sanchez was an ATG

  8. Iron Beach 04:50am, 08/13/2011

    Don’t intend to be disrespectful of this thread or Mr. LeDoux…but 29 yrs. ago today Salvador Snachez was killed in a car crash…where does the time go?

  9. The Thresher 07:04pm, 08/12/2011

    Great to see my mates coming on board here. Very gratifying.

  10. RUFFKNIGHT 03:29pm, 08/12/2011

    May Scott rest in peace. We all have to die and he got it over with, something us readers still have to go through. He was always a pleasure to watch in the ring. I never wanted to miss any of his bouts.

  11. Phil 01:47pm, 08/12/2011

    Ted. I first read about Scott on one of your many articles and I remember thinking what a good family guy he seemed. It’s sad to read this latest piece, but your approach is touching, as usual. RIP.

  12. Tex Hassler 01:33pm, 08/12/2011

    Scott LeDoux was a credit to our sport and a fine human being. He was a class act any way you look at it. I thought he was one of the best boxing commentators I have ever heard in my 50 plus years of following boxing. He will be greatly missed and he fought the good fight. Our prayers go out to Scott’s family.

  13. The Thresher 01:06pm, 08/12/2011

    I don’t know who said it, but it seems “only the good die young.” Scott was good to the bone.

  14. oldschool 12:49pm, 08/12/2011

    Ted, a teriffic tribute to an outstanding fighter and human being! May he rest in peace!

  15. Old Yank 12:26pm, 08/12/2011

    Peace to Scott’s family.

  16. The Thresher 10:48am, 08/12/2011

    Robert, much appreciated.

  17. The Thresher 10:47am, 08/12/2011

    Pug, yes, I talked with Scott by telephone up until 2009. He was accessible and genuine. And warm. I wanted to use a photo of him once and he just said, “Of course, my pleasure.” He will be missed by his family and his friends in Minnesota.

  18. Pugknows 10:40am, 08/12/2011

    He was a very fine all-around athlete and a great guy. You knew him, didn’t you, Bull? What was he like?

  19. dollar bill 09:21am, 08/12/2011

    Ted, I didn’t even know he was ill.  This is shocking and sad.  Thanks for bringing this to light.

  20. Robert Ecksel 08:15am, 08/12/2011

    Beautiful work, Ted. This was one tribute that came straight from the heart.

  21. The Thresher 07:35am, 08/12/2011

    Thanks Beach, and thanks to for those great videos.

  22. Iron Beach 07:25am, 08/12/2011

    A very touching piece Bull and a fitting tribute to a very tough man indeed but also a man with a very big heart…both inside and outside the ring. My deepest sympathies to his family.  RIP Fighting Frenchman.

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