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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 undesirable designation, but...