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Merv Griffin

Boxer made his mark — awkwardly

OAK VIEW, Calif. — Ray "Windmill" White, a veteran of 60 professional fights, pulls a paperback from a shelf in his office, opens "The Ultimate Book of Boxing Lists" and thumbs through it.

Finally spotting his name, he looks up and smiles.

"So," the 72-year-old proudly announces to a visitor, "out of all the fighters that ever lived, I made the top 10."

Page 88 confirms it.

White, a 6-foot-4 former light heavyweight best known for throwing behind-the-back punches and other unorthodox blows, has been deemed by authors Bert Sugar and Teddy Atlas the fifth most awkward fighter in boxing history.

It might seem an...