Ex-world heavyweight boxing contender LeDoux dies

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COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) -- Former world heavyweight boxing contender Scott LeDoux (lah-DOO') has died at age 62 after battling Lou Gehrig's disease.

His longtime friend and attorney Bob Dolan told The Associated Press Friday that LeDoux died Thursday at his Coon Rapids home after a nearly three-year battle with the disease.

LeDoux was nicknamed the "Fighting Frenchman" and faced some of boxing greats during his 10-years professional career, stepping into the ring with Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Leon Spinks. The two-time Upper Midwest Golden Gloves champion twice fought for the world heavyweight title.

LeDoux served on the Anoka County Board from 2004 until 2010 when illness forced him to resign. His wife, Carol, ran for his open seat in November and won.