To prove to the World Boxing Oranizations and United States Boxing Commissions that he
was capable of performing at a World Class Level, Muhammad Ali brought up the name
of Minnesota - Scott LeDoux.
But before Scott Ledoux, and after the proposed bout with Willie 'The Cannon' Shannon
fell through, Muhammad Ali wanted Ron Lyle again, first.
But, the 39 year-old Ron Lyle had been 'flattened' (L KO 2) by Lynn Ball in his previous
bout in December 1979.
Ron, tried to convince everyone that would listen, that it was a 'lucky punch' that put him
away versus Lynn Ball, and that he was Ready-to-Rumble with Muhammad Ali, as long
as he had 6-weeks to prepare. But, no one would listen.
Instead, everyone's favorite 'fringe contender' the 31 year-old Scott LeDoux was asked to
be the 'sacrificial lamb'. Posting a 26-6-4 record, LeDoux would at least try in the ring, and
was not 'a shot old fighter', as he had proven in his last bout by squeaking out a 10-Round
Decision over 'undefeated' Marty Monroe.