OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ron Stander, whose fight against unbeaten world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier in 1972 was the highlight of his 13-year career, has died. He was 77. Toddy Stander said her husband died Tuesday from complications of diabetes at their Omaha-area home. Stander was known as the “Bluffs Butcher,” a nod to his hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Stander drew national notice with a knockout of Earnie Shavers in 1970. The fight against Frazier was in Omaha — across the Missouri River from Council Bluffs. The two fought on even terms early, but Frazier imposed his will and the fight was stopped after four rounds.
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