Ron Stander

Ron Stander of Omaha Dead at 77

Ronald Stander, October 17, 1944 – March 8, 2022. Decades before Terence “Bud” Crawford put Omaha on the prizefight map, would-be Great White Hope Ron Stander challenged champion Joe Frazier for the heavyweight title at a packed Civic Auditorium on May 25, 1972. The journeyman brawler stood...
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The Ring Magazine

Former heavyweight contender Ron Stander dies at age 77

Ron Stander, the tough as nails heavyweight contender from Nebraska, died Tuesday of complications due to diabetes, his wife Toddy announced. He was 77 years old. Stander (37-21-3, 28 knockouts), known as the “Bluffs Butcher” because of his hometown of Council Bluffs, Nebraska, rose to popularity due to his aggressive approach to fighting and everyman appeal out of it. “I’ll fight any living human and most animals, if the price is right,” Stander was quoted as saying.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ron Stander, the 'Bluffs Butcher' who fought Joe Frazier, dies at 77

OMAHA, Neb. — 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 home in the Omaha, Neb., suburb of Ralston.