Ron Stander

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Ron Stander
Statistics
Real name Ron Stander
Nickname(s) The Council Bluffs Butcher
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 5'11"
Nationality United States American
Born (1944-10-17) October 17, 1944 (age 70)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 61
Wins 37
Wins by KO 28
Losses 21
Draws 3
No contests 0

Ron Stander (born October 17, 1944 in Columbia, South Carolina) is a boxing referee and former professional boxer from Council Bluffs, Iowa, who was once a challenger for the heavyweight championship of the world.

Stander built up a 23-1-1 record, including a knockout win over future world title challenger, the hard-punching Earnie Shavers, and decisions over fringe contenders Jack O'Halloran, Manuel Ramos, and Thad Spencer. Stander was ranked in the top 15 among the world's Heavyweights when he was given a shot at world champion Joe Frazier, prompting his wife Darlene to say the now famous words, "You don't take a Volkswagen into the Indianapolis 500 unless you know a short-cut."

The fight took place at the Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska on May 25, 1972. Stander was not knocked out by Frazier, but he lost by a technical knockout after the fourth round, due to heavy cuts, requiring 32 stitches after the fight. This was Frazier's last successful title defense; he would lose to George Foreman in his next bout.

Stander continued boxing until 1982; among his most notable opponents were future world title holders Ken Norton and Gerrie Coetzee, losing to both by TKO. He retired with a record of 37 wins, 21 losses and 3 draws, 28 of those wins coming by knockout.

Stander's success earned him a unique title: The Council Bluffs Butcher.

In 2004, an award-winning documentary entitled "The Bluffs Butcher" and produced by journalism student Andrew Batt, was released. The documentary told the story of Iowa's arguably best shot at a World Heavyweight Boxing Title and chronicled Stander's journey from virtual unknown to boxing's largest stage.

Professional boxing record[edit]

38 Wins (29 knockouts, 9 decisions), 21 Losses (9 knockouts, 12 decisions), 3 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 7-2-2 United States Otis Bates PTS 10 July 6, 1982 Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Loss 1-1 United States Les Myers TKO 6 October 24, 1981 Kansas Dodge City, Kansas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:32 of the sixth round.
Loss -- United States Jeff May UD 4 June 25, 1981 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Draw 0-1 United States Otis Bates PTS 10 July 27, 1980 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Loss 18-2 United States Jeff Shelburg PTS 10 May 24, 1980 Utah Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Loss 13-0 United States James "The Fighting Cowboy" Tillis TKO 7 March 3, 1980 Illinois Chicago, Illinois, United States Stander did not come out for the eighth round.
Loss 10-0 United States Scott Frank TKO 1 January 8, 1980 New Jersey Totowa, New Jersey, United States Doctor stopped the fight after the first round.
Loss 20-4 United States Tom "Roughhouse" Fischer PTS 10 August 24, 1979 Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 2-5 United States Jim Pearish TKO 5 August 16, 1979 Nebraska North Platte, Nebraska, United States
Loss 10-13-1 United States James Dixon UD 12 June 25, 1979 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States Midlands Heavyweight Title.
Loss 9-13-1 United States James Dixon UD 10 April 28, 1979 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win -- United States Rick Howe TKO 5 April 3, 1979 Iowa Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
Win 8-17 United States Charles Atlas KO 1 November 29, 1978 Iowa Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 17-35-3 United States Charley Polite UD 10 October 25, 1978 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 1-11 United States Bill Jackson KO 1 July 26, 1978 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 0-1 United States Jesus Montes KO 3 June 20, 1978 Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Win 6-3 United States Clyde Mudgett TKO 4 March 23, 1978 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Loss 6-4 United States Horace "Big City" Robinson KO 5 November 30, 1977 New York White Plains, New York, United States
Win -- United States Raul Hernandez KO 4 November 15, 1977 Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 33-6 United States Boone "Boom Boom" Kirkman TKO 7 July 19, 1977 Washington (state) Seattle, Washington, United States
Loss 11-0 South Africa Gerrie "The Bionic Hand" Coetzee KO 8 July 17, 1976 South Africa Kensington, Johannesburg, South Africa
Win 1-1 United States Beau Williford KO 3 June 1, 1976 Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 35-3 United States Ken Norton TKO 5 April 30, 1976 Maryland Landover, Maryland, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:19 of the fifth round.
Win -- United States Jesus Montes KO 3 January 26, 1976 Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Win 0-1 United States Willie Jackson KO 1 January 6, 1976 Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 15-1-1 United States Scott "The Fighting Frenchman" LeDoux UD 10 December 10, 1975 Minnesota Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Win 34-22-1 United States Terry Daniels TKO 1 November 20, 1975 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 15-4-1 United States Morris Jackson TKO 2 September 4, 1975 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States Iowa/Nebraska Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 0:58 of the second round.
Win 9-30-1 United States Bruce Scott TKO 2 August 5, 1975 Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States Scott did not come out for the third round.
Loss 14-12-1 United States Fred Askew UD 10 May 7, 1975 Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Loss 29-3 United States Rodney "The Bowlus Bear" Bobick UD 10 July 31, 1974 Minnesota Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Draw 15-4 United States Morris Jackson PTS 10 March 22, 1974 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Loss 3-3-1 United States Charlie James PTS 10 February 19, 1974 Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii, United States Hawaii Heavyweight Title.
Loss 22-1 United States Jeff "Candy Slim" Merritt TKO 3 November 28, 1973 Ohio Cleveland, Ohio, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:41 of the third round after Stander was knocked down thrice in the second round.
Win -- United States Walker Smith TKO 3 September 10, 1973 Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Loss 13-3-2 United States John "Speedy" Jordan UD 10 March 29, 1973 Maine Portland, Maine, United States
Loss 28-0 United States "Smokin" Joe Frazier TKO 5 May 25, 1972 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States WBC/WBA World Heavyweight Titles.
Win 7-12 United States Johnny Mac UD 10 March 20, 1972 Iowa Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 13-6 United States Mike Boswell UD 10 February 14, 1972 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Loss 8-11-1 United States Rico Brooks SD 10 January 22, 1972 Colorado Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 5-4 United States Clyde Brown TKO 3 December 20, 1971 Illinois Elgin, Illinois, United States
Win 22-10-1 United States Jesse Crown KO 3 October 26, 1971 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 24-18-3 Mexico Manuel "Pulgarcito" Ramos UD 10 August 26, 1971 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 19-11-2 United States Jack "The Giant" O'Halloran UD 10 July 29, 1971 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States 100-95, 99-94, 98-95.
Win 9-7 United States Lee Carr KO 6 May 24, 1971 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 32-11-1 United States Thad "Babe" Spencer UD 10 April 23, 1971 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 9-9 Canada Frank Bullard KO 6 March 30, 1971 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 1-8-1 United States Joe Murphy "Mustang" Goodwin KO 1 November 3, 1970 Oklahoma Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Draw 23-13-2 Mexico Manuel "Pulgarcito" Ramos PTS 10 September 17, 1970 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 15-16-1 United States "Wild" Bill Hardney KO 1 August 28, 1970 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 6-10 United States Ray "Junior" Ellis TKO 3 July 17, 1970 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 12-7 United States Eddie Dembry UD 8 June 8, 1970 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 12-1 United States Earnie "Black Destroyer" Shavers KO 5 May 11, 1970 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States Shavers knocked out at 0:52 of the fifth round.
Win 3-0-1 United States Woody Parks TKO 1 April 9, 1970 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:44 of the first round.
Win 1-0-1 United States Joe "Tiger" Harris KO 4 March 23, 1970 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 0-9 United States Lee Powell KO 1 March 2, 1970 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 0-2 United States Roy Rodriguez UD 6 January 29, 1970 Iowa Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Win 10-7 United States Joe "Nice Guy" Byrd PTS 6 December 19, 1969 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 0-6 United States Wilbert "Buddy" Elbert KO 1 November 17, 1969 Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Win 9-13 United States Lee "Duke" Estes TKO 2 September 29, 1969 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win -- United States Red Ferris KO 1 August 15, 1969 South Dakota Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Win 1-1 United States Bobby "Two Ton" Street KO 1 August 7, 1969 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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