Rudie Lubbers in 1964
17 August 1945|
Heerhugowaard, the Netherlands
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||81 kg (179 lb)|
Rudolfus Josefus Maria "Rudie" Lubbers (born 17 August 1945) is a retired boxer from the Netherlands who competed at the 1964 and 1968 Summer Olympics. In 1964 he finished ninth as light-heavyweight and in 1968 fifth as heavyweight.
Nationally, Lubbers won six light-heavyweight and two heavyweight amateur titles. In 1970, he turned professional, and in 1971 won a national heavyweight title, holding it until his retirement in 1981. Internationally, he unsuccessfully competed at several European championships. In 1973 he fought Muhammad Ali in Jakarta and managed to last all 12 rounds. In 1986, he was arrested in Portugal for drug trafficking and jailed for four years. After that he worked on funfairs with his wife Ria, and eventually became homeless after she was declared bankrupt in 1999.
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