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Nobody jives little Bobby
Edwin Shrake
May 15, 1972
He will not be eligible for parole for a year, but there aren't many bars between this young flyweight and Munich's Olympic ring
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May 15, 1972

Nobody Jives Little Bobby

He will not be eligible for parole for a year, but there aren't many bars between this young flyweight and Munich's Olympic ring

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For the finals, Hunter was matched against Ricky Dean of the Navy. In his crowding, aggressive, left-handed style, evocative of Joe Frazier, Hunter kept coming forward. He stunned Dean with a left hook and put him away with a right. It was a TKO at 1:03 of the first round, and Bobby Lee Hunter was the AAU flyweight champion again.

After six years in prison, Hunter will be eligible for parole in June 1973. Fortunately, it is no longer an Olympic rule that no athlete may compete if he has the intention of turning pro, for prison has prepared Bobby Lee only for fighting or folding sheets in a laundry.

"All I'm thinking about is Munich and the Olympics," Hunter says. "But it might be nice to take a trip to Japan or the Philippines someday. I hear they like small fighters over there."

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