ON Monday July 7, 1980, WBC heavyweight champion Larry Holmes defended his title against Scott LeDoux inside the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. The arena, which had a 16,800 capacity, was strewn with empty seats as 6,491 fans handed over $253,000 in ticket money. Despite it being nowhere near a sell-out, the event boasted the biggest gate in the state’s history. Former champion Muhammad Ali was among those in attendance.
MOST fans were cheering on the challenger, who was born in nearby Crosby-Ironton. LeDoux barely deserved his shot, though, with just one win in four bouts heading in. However, he was certainly used to fighting at the top level; before challenging Holmes, LeDoux had defeated Marty Monroe over 10 rounds, lost on points to Mike Weaver and Ron Lyle, and held Ken Norton to a draw. He also had two losses to Duane Bobick on his record alongside a three-round savaging at the hands of George Foreman in 1976.
was on top form. Since defeating the aforementioned Norton for the title, the 30-year-old
had notched six successful defences, each one inside the distance. When he stopped
LeDoux in the seventh round of a one-sided contest, he became the first
heavyweight champion since Joe Louis to win seven consecutive title fights via
A HUGE right hand landed on LeDoux’s left eye in round six that dropped the 31-year-old challenger. LeDoux and his team screamed that he had been thumbed which, in turn, was vehemently denied by Holmes.