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LeDoux's legacy is his charity work, friend says

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 1,000 people gathered at a Minneapolis church to say goodbye to a legendary Minnesota boxer.

Scott LeDoux (leh-DOO') was remembered for more than his bouts with 11 champions, including Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Mike Tyson. At Mount Olivet Lutheran Church on Wednesday, LeDoux was also acknowledged as a tireless crusader for charity.

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and fellow Anoka County Board members were among fans, friends and family who filled the church.

LeDoux was a Crosby native who fought for the heavyweight title. He died last Thursday at age 62 of complications related to Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Star Tribune ( says LeDoux's 1976 fight against fellow Minnesotan Duane Bobick set a state boxing attendance record that still stands. He was twice elected to the Anoka County Board following his boxing career.


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