Danny Lindstrom during a fight in this Today file photo. One of Fort McMurray’s first athletes to gain international fame, boxer Danny Lindstrom, passed away following complications from a stroke and dementia. He was 57.
Born May 4, 1960, Lindstrom was one of the best amateur and professional boxers in Canadian history.
The highlight of Lindstrom’s career was when he fought World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight Michael Moorer (21-0 at the time) on Dec. 15, 1990 at Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena.
Lindstrom would lose on a TKO due to cuts at 11 seconds into the eighth round.
Lindstrom, ranked third in the WBO at the time, made $15,000 for the fight which was billed as the “Rumble Under the Dome.”
He was the first Albertan and Indigenous man to fight for a heavyweight boxing world title.
“A lot of people looked up to him when he was an amateur and as a pro,” Alberta Boxing president Lee Tanghe, 51, said from his home in Slave Lake, Alta.
“He was tough. He was very tough. He wasn’t afraid to get in there with anybody.”
Lindstrom, of Métis heritage, grew up in Fort McMurray with 18 sisters and brothers.
He began boxing when he was 10-years-old under the instruction of his uncle Mike Woodward, who had been a Canadian Forces heavyweight champion.
Training out of the Clearwater Boxing Club, Lindstrom fought more than 80 times, winning 90 per cent of his bouts.
Between 1980 and 1983, he was a three-time light heavyweight Canadian, North American Native, Alberta Golden Gloves and Alberta Provincial champion.
He was ranked as the eighth light heavyweight amateur boxer in the world.
Lindstrom represented Canada at various World Amateur Boxing Championships, including the 1983 Pan-American Games in Caracas, Venezuela where he lost to Carlos Salazar of Venezuela in the quarterfinals.
Selected to represent Canada at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, Lindstrom did not attend, having turned professional shortly before the event.
He made his professional ring debut in a four-round bout with a first round TKO against Wayne Grant in Calgary on April 22, 1985.On Dec. 8, 1987, Lindstrom, then 26, would step into the ring at Toronto’s C.N.E. Coliseum to battle the 28-year-old Willie Featherstone (17 wins, 3 lost, 1 draw and 10 by KO) for the Canadian Light Heavyweight and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight titles.Lindstrom would lose the 12-round affair on a unanimous decision.On Jan. 29, 1990 at Red Deer’s Altaplex, Lindstrom earned a 12-round unanimous decision against Dave “Machine Gun” Fiddler to win the vacant Canadian Light Heavyweight belt.Lindstrom defended the belt two more times – a July 31, 1990 12-round majority decision against Fiddler at Edmonton’s Northlands Agricom and again at Northlands on March 9, 1991, in a second round TKO against Terry Jesmer.He lost the title to Drake Thadzi Aug. 4, 1991 at Kelly Field in Moncton, N.B. on an eighth round TKO.Lindstrom would move up a weight division and win the Canadian Heavyweight belt at 32 against George McFall with an eighth round TKO on Oct. 8, 1992 at Winnipeg’s Convention Center.Lindstrom became the first fighter to hold both the Canadian professional boxing Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight titles.His previous fight leading up to the McFall, bout was a sixth round TKO loss to Michael Dokes on Jan. 21, 1992 at Las Vegas’ Union Plaza Casino.Dokes was a former WBA Inter-Continental Heavyweight, WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight, WBA World Heavyweight and NABF Heavyweight titleholder.Fighting under the name Danny “Boy” Lindstrom and then Danny Stonewalker, his professional record, according to Boxrec.com, was 13 wins, 11 losses and three draws.When he wasn’t training in Maskwacis (formerly known as Hobbema), he took time to coach kids of the community.”When he started […]
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