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Al Hostak (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
The Savage Slav is a two time middleweight champion who retired from the sport with a mark of 64-9-11 with 41 knockouts to his credit. Hostak was a pressure fighter who was an excellent inside fighter. Known for having one punch knockout power in both hands, Hostak worked the head and body with equal ferocity.
Al Hostak's best victories came from defeating: Solly Krieger, Freddie Steele, Babe Risko and Baby Joe Gans.
Al Hostak (Two Time Middleweight King)
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Mike O' Dowd (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
The St. Paul Cyclone is the former middleweight (160 pounds) champion of the world. His final ring record is 51-7-3 with 39 big knockouts on his ledger. Known for his iron chin (Only stopped one) and devastating power, O' Dowd is known for a draw as much as his wins because he held Harry Greb, who is one of the best boxers in history, to a draw.
Mike O' Dowd's top wins came from beating the likes of: Al McCoy, Mike Gibbons, Jack Britton and Ted Kid Lewis.
Mike O'Dowd (Former Middleweight King)
Billy Miske (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
The St. Paul Thunderbolt fought as a middleweight, was a top ranked light heavyweight and fought Jack Dempsey for the heavyweight title competing in that division. Billy Miske died far too early from a disease and still accomplished a great deal retiring with a resume reading: 45-3-3 with 34 of those wins coming by way of knockout. Obviously he had K.O. power but his head movement and footwork was actually considered ahead of it's time.
Billy Miske's biggest career wins came from beating: Fireman Jim Flynn, Gunboat Smith, Battling Levinsky and Mike O' Dowd.
Billy Miske (Three Division Contender)
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Will Grigsby (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
Steel Will fought the best junior flyweights in history including the great Ricardo Lopez and the legendary Michael Carbajal. Grigsby is a two time world champion in the junior flyweight division. He left the squared circle with a record standing at: 18-4-1 with 7 knockouts on his docket. He was a skilled boxer on both offense and defense and his chin was solid. (Only stopped once in his final bout). In my opinion, Grigsby was an underrated boxer who never received his just due.
Will Grigsby's best wins came from besting the likes of: Ratanapol Sor Vorapin, Victor Burgos, Carmelo Caceres and Ruben Poma.
Will Grigsby (3-Time World Champion)
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Duane Bobick (Little Falls, Minnesota)
Duane Bobick was a top amateur who won the National Golden Gloves and the Pan-Am Games fighting as a heavyweight. Although successful as an amateur he also suffered several brutal knockouts which was a sign of things to come. As a professional he had mixed success and retired with a record of: 48-4 with 42 knockouts to his credit. I think of him as a heavyweight Tommy Hearns because he had no chin and could be hurt but his punch was devastating and felled many good boxers.
Duane Bobick's top victories came from conquering Scott LeDoux, Randy Neumann, Chuck Wepner and Larry Middleton.
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Lee Savold (Canby, Minnesota)
The Battling Bartender was a former world ranked heavyweight contender who fought legends such as Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano during his ring career. His final ring tally stands at: 100-38-3 with 72 knockouts. Savold had a shaky chin but a huge heart to go along with a killer right hand. Somewhat slow of foot but has hands were fast and accurate.
Lee Savold's best wins came from toppling Lou Nova, Solly Krieger, Bruce Woodcock and Joe Baski.
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Art Lasky (Evansville, Minnesota)
Art Lasky is a former professional contender in the heavyweight division who composed a final ring record of: 40-7-6 with 34 knockouts. Lasky had descent hand speed and above average punching power, however, he lacked on defense badly which cost him in several big bouts. Art Lasky has fought top level boxers during his career and win or lose he always showed heart and determination.
Art Lasky had his finest moments defeating Johnny Paycheck, King Levinsky, Jimmy Gibbons and Tiger Jack Fox.
Art Lasky (Former Heavyweight Contender)
Scott LeDoux (Crosby-Ironton, Minnesota)
The Fighting Frenchman was a former ranked heavyweight contender who took on all the best in a deep era including George Foreman, Larry Holmes and Kenny Norton. LeDoux retired from boxing sporting a mark of 33-13-4 with 22 stoppage wins. He had bad footwork and a leaky defense but he made up for his flaws with his heart and fighting or brawling style. After retiring he worked as a boxing commentator and as a wresting referee.
Scott LeDoux fought tem all but his best victories came against: Marty Monroe, Ron Stander, Larry Middleton & James J. Beattie.
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Anthony Bonsante (Crosby, Minnesota)
The Bullet is still an active boxer as of 2015 and he has competed as both a middleweight and super middleweight. He retired with a resume reading: 33-12-3 with 18 knockouts. Bonsante is most famous for boxing on the realty boxing program "The Contender". His defense and speed are porous but his aggressive, pressure fighting style was his calling card.
Anthony Bonsante's top wins came from defeating the likes of Carl Daniels, Matt Vanda, Tony Ayala Jr. and Brent Cooper.
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Jason Litzau (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
The American Boy competed in the Jr. Lightweight (130 pounds) and the lightweight division (135 pounds) and left the sport with a mark of: 29-3 with 22 knockout wins. He had an average defense but his footwork, jab and counter punching was above average. This kid was entertaining to watch because win or lose he tossed lots of leather.
Jason Litu had several solid wins including victories over Celestino Caballero, Rocky Juarez, Emmanuel Lucero and Verquan Kimbrough.
Jason Litzsau vs. Celestino Caballero
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