Rick Duff


1984 Olympic Boxing Team

Rick pictured here in a preliminary bout with Soon Sup Shin (South Korea) at the 1984 Olympics. Rick would lose by split decision and Shin would go on to win Gold.

5 Time Canadian Champion

Rick fought in 6 National Championships and won gold in five (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1989) while bringing home bronze in another (1981).

7 Time Provincial Champion

Rick won the provincials every year he fought: 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, and 1995.

4 Time Golden Glove Champion

Rick won 4 Golden Gloves as well as the Golden Boy Award in 1982 at the Exhibition Grounds here in Lethbridge (in photo).

Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame in 1990
Boxing Alberta's Coach of the Year 2014

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame 2017

Rick Duff – Boxer

Rick Duff competed as a boxer from 1979 to 1984, as well as in 1989 and in 1995. His record was 251 wins and 13 losses. He was a seven-time Provincial Champion, five-time Canadian National Champion, and won a number of international events.

Rick was a member of the greatest Canadian Amateur Boxing Team ever assembled – with Willie de Wit, Lennox Lewis, Shawn O’Sullivan and Dale Walters. They made Canadian history when they defeated the American National Team for the first time.

Rick fulfilled a life-long dream for both himself and his boyhood and Olympic coach Kai Yip, when he competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

Rick Duff – Early Years

Rick‘s aspirations to become a better hockey goalie, coupled with being bullied in the school yard, prompted him to step into the boxing ring at the age of 15.

At the Lethbridge Boxing Club, under the direction of Kai Yip, he soon fell in love with the sport of boxing. In 1980, he won a Canadian Junior Championship. The following year, he rose to the Intermediate category (U 19) and won a bronze medal at the Canadian Championships. In 1982 and 1983, he won gold medals at the Canadian Intermediate Championships. In 1984, Rick fought as a senior (elite) boxer and qualified for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.

Rick fulfilled a life-long dream for both himself and his boyhood and Olympic coach Kai Yip, when he competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

In the ring, Rick demonstrated deceptive speed and threw excellent combinations. “His level of fitness and stamina was crazy.” He set a strong example for fellow boxing club members with his work ethic and willingness to help others train. In international competitions, he always portrayed extreme professionalism, sportsmanship, and was known as a rugged, tough competitor.

Rick Duff – Coach

When his amateur career came to a close, Rick served in the Canadian military. He volunteered as an Assistant Coach with the Lethbridge Boxing Club, Inner City Boxing in Calgary, and the South Side Boxing Club in Edmonton. In 2010, he took over running the Lethbridge Boxing Club and became its Head Coach.

Rick Duff was inducted into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. In 2014, he was named Boxing Alberta’s Coach of the Year. In 2017, Rick was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.


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