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    Default Leon Spinks vs. Scott LeDoux

    October 22, 1977

    Aladdin Theatre ~ Las Vegas, Nevada

    CBS Sports Spectacular

    Billed As;

    The young 'St. Louis Jaguar' versus the 'Minnesota Farm Boy'.

    Leon Spinks
    Age........ 24 years, 3 months
    Height.... 6' 1"
    Reach..... 76"
    Weight... 194 lbs.
    Record.... 5-0-0 {5 KO's}

    Scott LeDoux
    Age....... 28 years, 9 months
    Height... 6' 1 1/2"
    Reach.... 76 1/2""
    Weight... 224 lbs.
    Record... 21-6-1 {13 KO's}

    Young Leon, has only had '5' Professional Bouts, and with only '11' Rounds of Ring
    experience in his short 10-Month career. This will be his '1st' 10-Rounder.

    Leon last fought 4+ months earlier {June 1, 1977}, but he as been steadily
    training for a bout like this by working out with Roy 'Tiger' Williams.

    Scott LeDoux, a tough slugging veteran is coming off a brutal loss {L TKO 8} to
    Duane Bobick only 3-months earlier {July 28, 1977}.

    Scott has the experience and size {+30 lbs.} over Leon.

    But, Scott has only gone 3-5-1 {2 KO's} in his last 9-Bouts dating back to April 1976.
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    The Skinny >

    Originally, Leon and Scott LeDoux signed contracts on October 3rd for the October 22nd
    bout. But, Scott got the 'flu', and was going to pull out on October 14th {8-Days before the bout}.

    A substitute was called in, and 22 1/2 year-old New York-based Heavyweight - Kevin Isaac
    was available.

    Kevin, who despite having a 'spotty' record of 11-5-1 {5 KO's}, was a 'nifty' and fast-handed
    195 lb. boxer who was as 'tough-as-nails'.

    But a few days later, Scott recovered and wanted the bout.

    Other fighters who were mentioned after Scott LeDoux 'initially' pulled out were >
    * Bill Sharkey
    * Pedro Soto
    * Greg Sorrentino
    * Alfredo Evangelista
    * Dale 'Ibar' Arrington
    * Walter E. Moore
    * Johnny Boudreaux
    * Joe Gholston
    Last edited by Bill Paxtom; 10-25-2014 at 07:49 PM.

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    Default Re: Leon Spinks vs. Scott LeDoux

    Scorecards

    Referee - Carlos Padilla
    Judge - Art Lurie ............. 46-46 'Even'
    Judge - Bill Kipp .............. 46-45 {Scott LeDoux}
    Judge - Lou Tabat ........... 47-45 {Leon Spinks}

    The Associated Press ....... 46-46 'Draw'

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    Default Re: Leon Spinks vs. Scott LeDoux

    Neech

    Yes, I thought Scott LeDoux won that fight as well.

    If I remember correctly, Leon came out fast and raked Scott with some real
    good right-hands to the head during the first 2-Rounds.

    Leon also added in some quick 'left-right' combinations as he out-sped Scott.

    But by Round 3, Scott was smothering Leon and had backed him up to the
    Ropes and worked Leon's mid-section with left-hands.

    Leon was forced to fight off the Ropes, and was limited to occasional quick
    3-Punch flurries, while Scott slammed away at Leon's mid-section and
    upper-body.

    Leon looked a bit weary by Round 6, as he was getting mauled by Scott
    who had a 30 lb. weight advantage.

    At the end of Round 8, Scott had the 'clear' edge {4-2-2 in Rounds}.

    Scott had a solid early Round 9, but Leon caught his second-wind and rallied
    with some good flurries late to edge the Round.

    Round 10 was a spirited Round, but neither fighter had the clear advantage. It
    was real close.

    I had it 4-3-3 {97-96} for Scott LeDoux.

    After the 'Draw' was announced, both fighters thought that each had won.

    Leon Spinks >
    "Scott never hurt me. He's strong, but I never felt any of his power. I thought
    that I won, but I always accept the Judges decision. A 'Draw' is fair for the both
    of us."

    Scott LeDoux >
    "I told Leon that he is a good fighter, but he's not a 10-Round fighter yet.
    And he's too small for the Heavyweights."

    "Of course I thought that I won. I did all the work from Rounds 3 thru 8. It's
    another one of those Decision's that doesn't go my way. Some guys get the
    breaks and the big fights, and guys like me get to go home and go back to
    their regular jobs. That's just the way it is."

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    Smile Re: Leon Spinks vs. Scott LeDoux

    According to Scott LeDoux,

    Scott fought Leon Spinks to a 10-Round Draw on October 22, 1977.

    A few weeks later, Scott fought an exhibition with Champion - Muhammad Ali.

    Scott LeDoux >
    'In my opinion, they both 'stink'. Leon is not ready for 10-Rounders, and he's
    too small.'

    'On Ali. He's got nothing left. He's an over-stuffed doughboy. Duane Bobick
    would destroy him if they fought. And Duane is only a slightly above-average
    fighter. Ali is easy-pickings and will lose the next time he fights somebody
    decent.'

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    I liked Scott Ledieux as an ESPN commentator. He was a tough guy and a man's man.

    Terrible how he passed away of cancer in recent years.

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    CONGRATULATIONS @Bill Paxtom !!! It took you 4 post on this thread until you mentioned Ali. I think that's your personal best. With enough hard work and dedication you may one day be able to create a post that's 100% about someone other than Ali.
    Last edited by ruthless rocco; 10-25-2014 at 11:12 AM.

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    Default Re: Leon Spinks vs. Scott LeDoux

    General Fact,

    Leon Spinks wasn't really a World Class Heavyweight, as of yet.

    Leon got 'a gift' when he was awarded a Draw with Scott Ledoux.

    This is the same Scott LeDoux, who only had 19-Days to prepare for this
    bout, while still maintaining his Sales Rep job in Minneapolis. As well as
    coming off of a 'flu'.

    The same Scott LeDoux, who was 'destroyed' by Duane Bobick only 4-Months
    earlier.

    4-Months later, Leon {with 7-Pro bouts under his belt} literally beats the
    S*** out of some guy called 'The Greatest'.

    That's The Facts Man.........October 25, 2014.

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    Default Re: Leon Spinks vs. Scott LeDoux

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Paxtom View Post
    General Fact,

    Leon Spinks wasn't really a World Class Heavyweight, as of yet.

    Leon got 'a gift' when he was awarded a Draw with Scott Ledoux.

    This is the same Scott LeDoux, who only had 19-Days to prepare for this
    bout, while still maintaining his Sales Rep job in Minneapolis. As well as
    coming off of a 'flu'.

    The same Scott LeDoux, who was 'destroyed' by Duane Bobick only 4-Months
    earlier.

    4-Months later, Leon {with 7-Pro bouts under his belt} literally beats the
    S*** out of some guy called 'The Greatest'.

    That's The Facts Man.........October 25, 2014.
    Bill Paxtom has a nostalgic way of reminiscing about fights and times gone by. He is an interesting writer with good creativity and his style is evolving nicely on this forum.

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    Default Re: Leon Spinks vs. Scott LeDoux

    Mr. Brockton Blockbuster

    Your compliments are much appreciated.

    And, Boston does have the best 'Sausage and Peppers'..........

    I'm from Connecticut.

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    Default Re: Leon Spinks vs. Scott LeDoux

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Paxtom View Post
    Mr. Brockton Blockbuster

    Your compliments are much appreciated.

    And, Boston does have the best 'Sausage and Peppers'..........

    I'm from Connecticut.
    I was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. greetings, brother! p.s. never had Boston s & pepp, only New Jersey s & pepp.

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    Default Re: Leon Spinks vs. Scott LeDoux

    Mr. Brockton

    Bridgeport, Connecticut

    Some great Italian Deli's and Restaurant's. .............

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