January 13, 2003 – January 29, 2009
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January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
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from the 33rd district
January 1993 – January 1997
Rod Blagojevich (
Blagojevich was born in Chicago, Illinois, the second of two children. His father, Radislav, was an immigrant steel plant laborer from a village near
Blagojevich does not have a middle name, but uses the initial "R" in honor of his deceased father. His nickname in the family was "
Blagojevich graduated from Chicago's
Blagojevich had an amateur boxing career which spanned 13 months and included
Fighting as a 160-pound middleweight, Blagojevich began fighting in non-tournament "smokers" in January 1974. After defeating Patrick McAlinden, Leonard Bassuk, and Ronald Dimino over a year's time, Blagojevich felt he had enough experience to enter the local Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.
On February 24, 1975 at St. Andrews Gym, Blagojevich won his opening night match in the middleweight division by decisioning Thomas Muhme in 3 rounds. This win enabled Blagojevich to advance to the next round of the tournament.
The next night, Blagojevich lost to Patrick Porter by 3rd-round technical knockout. Porter's aggressive punching attack had Blagojevich covering up his face with his boxing gloves. Because Blagojevich did not return punches, the referee stopped the match (with Blagojevich still on his feet), and awarded it to Porter.
Following his loss in the Golden Gloves, Blagojevich retired from amateur boxing. His record was 6 wins, 2 by knockout, and 1 defeat.
|Loss||6-1-0||TKO||1975 Feb 25||3||Chicago Golden Gloves||St.Andrews Gym,
||Finals: Middleweight Division|
|Win||6-0-0||PTS||1975 Feb 24||3||Chicago Golden Gloves||St.Andrews Gym,
||Semi-Finals: Middleweight Division|
|Win||3-0-0||PTS||1974 Jan||3||Amateur Smoker|