Boone Kirkman

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Boone Kirkman
Statistics
Real name Daniel Victor Kirkman
Nickname(s)

"Boone"

"Boom Boom"
Rated at 210 lb (15 st 0 lb; 95 kg)
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.8 m)
Nationality American
Born February 6, 1945
Vallejo, California
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Wins 36
Wins by KO 25
Losses 6
Draws 0
No contests

0

[1][2]

Daniel Victor "Boone" Kirkman (born February 6, 1945 in Vallejo, California)[3] is a former amateur and professional Heavyweight boxer.[4] He fought during the same era as George Foreman, Muhammad Ali, and Joe Frazier, which has been credited as being one of the greatest heavyweight eras of all time.[5]

Early life[edit]

Kirkman was born in Vallejo, California in 1945 to Oehm and Margarite Kirkman.[3][6] His father, a naval officer, was stationed there at the time. When his father was discharged from the Navy, the family moved back to Renton, Washington, where Kirkman's grandfather initially settled.[3][6]

From a young age, Kirkman's favorite activities were hunting, fishing, and hiking throughout the state of Washington with his father. He frequently stopped to view plant and animal life, earning him his lifelong nickname of "Boone".[3]

Growing up in Renton, a working-class community, Kirkman joined a group of 20 teenagers called the "Buds". The group drank and smoked, among other unethical activities. This concerned Kirkman's father, however, the "gang" did not engage in any street crime activities such as drag racing, robberies, or fighting.[3]

Kirkman was inspired to box by his older brother, Steve, whom he frequently sparred with for fun. A school friend who noticed his lack of interest in reading suggested the book Somebody Up There Likes Me to him. In a short time, he had finished the book. Shortly thereafter, the book was made into a self-titled film, to which Kirkman was elated to discover.[3] The duo convinced Kirkman that his future lay in boxing. Kirkman's first training sessions at age 14 involved traveling to a south Seattle gymnasium to work out from his school in Renton, Washington. The venue was suggested to him by former professional Joey Velez. Kirkman took a year-long hiatus from boxing due to injury, but returned to the gym and won several local Golden Gloves events afterward, slowly building a reputation.[7]

His popularity exploded in March 1965 when he won the AAU Heavyweight Boxing national title in Toledo, Ohio. Following the event, he was signed by Seattle-area fight manager Jack Hurley. Kirkman assumed co-ownership of his family's pub; The Melrose Tavern, shortly after his signing. Between bar tending shifts, Kirkman incorporated training, and spent most nights punching a speed bag, entertaining spectators.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Boone Kirkman's professional career lasted from 1966 to 1978. He finished with a record of 36—6 with a 59.52 knockout percentage. His peak ranking was seventh.[4]

His first match, held in Boise, yielded a win and knockout over Lou Phillips. Kirkman managed to go undefeated in his first eleven matches, including a win over Eddie Machen until stepping up in opposition in New York he faced skilled Doug Jones in a featured fight held in Seattle. Jones caused a cut over Kirkman's left eye in the first round, but Kirkman managed to keep the veteran at bay with a deluge of heavy punches, eventually knocking Jones to the ropes in Round 7. Thinking he had won the fight, Kirkman prepared for the referee to raise his hand in victory. However the ring physician stopped the fight in due to worsening conditions in Kirkman's eye, sparking controversy.[3] Six weeks later, Kirkman would return the favor, winning their rematch, to Jones at the start of a winning streak.

Kirkman won his ensuing ten bouts, and Hurley scheduled a match between Kirkman and George Foreman at the Madison Square Garden in downtown New York.

Kirkman-Foreman[edit]

The Foreman fight was scheduled for November 18, 1970. Foreman was the most heavily favored opponent Kirkman would ever face.

From the start, Kirkman was overmatched by Foreman's superior quickness and power. Foreman pummeled Kirkman with a combination of powerful punches, knocking him to the canvas three times in the first two rounds. The bout ended after 3:40, when Kirkman failed to answer the bell, giving Foreman the win and knockout.[7]

Following the fight, Kirkman elected to opt out of his contract with Hurley, who died several years later.[4]

Post-Foreman[edit]

Following the fight with Foreman, Kirkman won yet another 10 consecutive bouts. Strangely enough, only half were knockouts, whereas his knockout average was much higher. One of his more notable victories during this stretch came against Jack O'Halloran via points. He also encountered his second opponent ranked in the Ring Magazine Top 10 in Jimmy Ellis, whom he defeated by split decision.

Upset by Memphis Al Jones and Afterwards[edit]

On April 9, 1974, Kirkman fought Memphis Al Jones in what Kirkman considered a "tune-up fight".[7] The fight was stopped abruptly when Kirkman, having knocked Jones down four times in the first two rounds, was knocked unconscious by a right hook from Jones.[7] This was Kirkman's first loss in over three and a half years.

Following the loss, Kirkman immediately scheduled several ranked opponents in an attempt to recover his sinking ranking. As a result, Kirkman experienced consecutive losses for the first time in his career after losing to Ken Norton, on his return to Seattle in June 1974. Norton was known as "the guy that broke Ali's jaw", doing it the previous year as a 7-1 underdog.[8] The Kirkman-Norton fight was stopped by the referee when Kirkman failed to answer the bell for the eighth round.[2]

In September, Kirkman fought Ron Lyle, who the following year was beaten controversially by Ali for the WBA and WBC titles.[9] The fight was stopped as a technical knockout due to a cut on Kirkman's cheek.[2]

Professional boxing record[edit]

36 Wins (24 knockouts, 12 decisions), 6 Losses (3 knockouts, 2 decisions), 0 Draws[2]
Result Record Opponent Type Date Location
Win 36-6 United States Atlas, CharlesCharles Atlas TKO Jan 26, 1978 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 35-6 Puerto Rico Agosto, PedroPedro Agosto PTS Oct 25, 1977 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 34-6 United States Stander, RonRon Stander TKO Jul 19, 1977 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 33-6 Puerto Rico Roman, JoseJose Roman UD Apr 26, 1977 United States Seattle, Washington
Loss 32-6 United States Neumann, RandyRandy Neumann UD Sep 5, 1975 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 32-5 United States Lyle, RonRon Lyle TKO Sep 17, 1974 United States Seattle, Washington
Loss 32-4 United States Norton, KenKen Norton RTD Jun 25, 1974 United States Seattle, Washington
Loss 32-3 United States Jones, AlAl Jones KO Apr 9, 1974 United States Dallas, Texas
Win 32-2 Canada Renaud, LarryLarry Renaud TKO Mar 6, 1974 United States Reno, Nevada
Win 31-2 United States Ellis, JimmyJimmy Ellis SD Dec 12, 1973 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 30-2 United States Johnson, GeorgeGeorge Johnson PTS Oct 23, 1973 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 29-2 United States Bailey, LouLou Bailey PTS Oct 4, 1973 United States Denver, Colorado
Win 28-2 United States Harris, RobieRobie Harris KO Sep 20, 1973 United States Stockton, California
Win 27-2 United States O'Halloran, JackJack O'Halloran PTS Jul 12, 1973 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 26-2 United States Carter, SteveSteve Carter PTS May 16, 1973 United States Stockton, California
Win 25-2 United States Drover, BillBill Drover KO Apr 28, 1973 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 24-2 United States Gosha, DickDick Gosha TKO Mar 15, 1973 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 23-2 United States Lewis, FredFred Lewis TKO Jan 30, 1973 United States Seattle, Washington
Loss 22-2 United States Foreman, GeorgeGeorge Foreman TKO Nov 18, 1970 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win 22-1 United States Lincoln, AmosAmos Lincoln KO Jul 9, 1970 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 21-1 United States McMurray, BillBill McMurray TKO Apr 28, 1970 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 20-1 United States Wilson, OllieOllie Wilson KO Mar 17, 1970 United States St. Paul, Minnesota
Win 19-1 United States Bruce, MikeMike Bruce KO Jan 26, 1970 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 18-1 United States McMurray, BillBill McMurray UD Sep 9, 1968 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 17-1 United States Copeland, EverettEverett Copeland TKO Apr 25, 1968 United States Spokane, Washington
Win 16-1 United States Lanum, MikeMike Lanum KO Feb 29, 1968 United States St. Louis, Missouri
Win 15-1 United States Ray, ArchieArchie Ray KO Dec 12, 1967 United States St. Louis, Missouri
Win 14-1 United States Heath, WayneWayne Heath KO Nov 17, 1967 United States Spokane, Washington
Win 13-1 United States Nielson, BillBill Nielson TKO Oct 3, 1967 United States Portland Oregon
Win 12-1 United States Jones, DougDoug Jones TKO Aug 10, 1967 United States Seattle, Washington
Loss 11-1 United States Jones, DougDoug Jones TKO Jun 29, 1967 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 11-0 United States Machen, EddieEddie Machen TKO May 26, 1967 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 10-0 Sweden Norling, Lars OlofLars Olof Norling TKO Apr 22, 1967 United States Spokane, Washington
Win 9-0 United States Heath, WayneWayne Heath UD Mar 21, 1967 United States Portland, Oregon
Win 8-0 United States Birmingham, LeroyLeroy Birmingham TKO Feb 28, 1967 United States Spokane, Washington
Win 7-0 United States Adams, BowieBowie Adams KO Jan 24, 1967 United States Seattle, Washington
Win 6-0 United States Ray, ArchieArchie Ray PTS Oct 20, 1966 United States Boise, Idaho
Win 5-0 United States Ray, ArchieArchie Ray UD Sep 22, 1966 United States Boise, Idaho
Win 4-0 United States Carter, AlAl Carter TKO Jun 23, 1966 United States Los Angeles, California
Win 3-0 United States Collins, JohnJohn Collins TKO Jun 2, 1966 United States Boise, Idaho
Win 2-0 United States Wright, GailGail Wright KO May 5, 1966 United States Boise, Idaho
Win 1-0 United States Phillips, LouLou Phillips KO Apr 1, 1966 United States Boise, Idaho

Post career[edit]

After retiring from boxing at age 33, Kirkman became a Boeing delivery truck driver. He retired from Boeing in 2010.

Kirkman lives with his wife Teese, a retired nurse. The two have been married since 1988. He has two children, Erik and Nina (from a previous marriage), and two grandchildren.

In his spare time, Kirkman enjoys hiking and mountaineering. He has scaled four of the five highest peaks in Washington: Mount Rainier (8 times), Mount Saint Helens (3 times), Mount Adams, and Mount Baker.[7]

Relationship with Jack Hurley[edit]

In interviews, Kirkman has said he and Jack Hurley never got along during their partnership.[3][4] While Hurley was a good presenter, Kirkman felt he was never given the chance to prepare for the Foreman fight, as all of his previous opponents were not nearly as highly ranked. This led to Kirkman releasing Hurley.

Hurley never scheduled a fight with Muhammad Ali, which angered Kirkman, particularly while he was in his prime.[4] This has caused Kirkman to speculate about the possible result of a fight with Ali. Kirkman has also criticized Hurley for being completely uninvolved in his training regimen, and stated that Hurley gave short notice of upcoming fights.[4]

Harry Matthews and Pete Radarmacher, both former boxers who were signed by Hurley, experienced similar scenarios in which they were also placed in fights with highly ranked opponents before they were prepared to do so.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Boone Kirkman boxing stats". Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Boone Kirkman - Boxer". Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Austin Killeen (June 28, 2008). "Boone Kirkman: FISTIC FRANCHISE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST". Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Shawn M. Murphy (August 23, 2008). "Where Are They Now? Boone Kirkman". Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bill Ross (January 31, 2006). "George Chuvalo - The Right Place at The Wrong Time Part 1". Retrieved March 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Dan (Boone) Kirkman, boxer, possibly in Renton, 1968". University of Washington (from Renton Historical Museum). Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Raley, Dan (June 22, 2005). "Where Are They Now: Boone 'Boom Boom' Kirkman, boxer". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Interview with Ken Norton: Norton Speaks On Fights With Ali". ESPN Radio 1490. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ron Lyle - Boxer". Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Charles Burgess. "Harry "Kid" Matthews". Highline History. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 

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