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Duane Bobick-John Tate 1979 Duane Bobick was an outstanding American amateur boxing hopeful in the early 1970s. Among his defeated opponents were future world heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Cuba's superb Teofilo Stevenson. The favorite to win the gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Bobick was instead knocked out in the quarterfinals by Stevenson. Turning pro shortly thereafter, Bobick won his first 38 pro fights. Although the quality of many of Bobick's opponents was questionable, Bobick did defeat a handful of capable fighters such as Mike Weaver, Randy Neumann, Chuck Wepner and Scott LeDoux. NBC gave Bobick a prime-time fight versus Ken Norton on Wednesday, May 11, 1977 as a means of elevating him to a modern version of the "Great White Hope." With 42 million people watching, Norton dispatched Bobick inside of one round. (I posted that bout on this website several years ago.) After that debacle, Bobick recorded six wins and a loss to South African Kallie Koenetze, so ABC decided to give Bobick another shot at making it big. On February 17, 1979, Bobick was matched against John Tate, an American bronze medallist from 1976 (who had coincidentally also been knocked silly by Teofilo Stevenson) in a live feature bout from Indianapolis on Wide World of Sports. Surely Bobick would fare better this time, right?
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Added: 10th December 2014
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Posted by: Classico on 2014-12-16 
Bobick is from Little Falls, Minnesota and did have legitimate knock out punch capability having defeated several good contenders from that era. But he never learned defense and had a glass jaw. His trainer/manager was Joe Frazier who also lacked good defense during his career but who could take a good wallop. Perhaps with a better coach, one more inclined to have better defense, he may have gotten further in his career. I distinctly recall Muhammad Ali praising him for his guts in the ring.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2014-12-17 
No matter how skilled a boxer is, if he has a glass jaw he will be exposed. Eventually he will get tagged with a good shot. If he can't take it...

John Tate, who won this fight, was also exposed to have a glass jaw after he won the WBA version of the heavyweight title in 1979. In his first defense, he was wining handily versus Mike Weaver but he was knocked cold in the 15th round. In a subsequent comeback fight versus Trevor Berbick, he again was knocked cold.
Posted by: Classico on 2015-01-18 
Yes, I well remember those fights Tate lost because of his weak chin.

In my youth I tried boxing in my home town of Brooklyn, NY which often prides itself as the Capitol of Boxing. Well, I hate to admit it but my boxing days were {ahem} very short due to my puny jaw. Should have taken up knitting, instead. ;)
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