|Real name||Daniel Victor Kirkman|
|Rated at||210 lb (95 kg)|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.8 m)|
|Born||February 6, 1945
|Wins by KO||25|
Daniel Victor "Boone" Kirkman (born February 6, 1945 in Vallejo, California) is a former amateur and professional Heavyweight boxer. 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.
Kirkman was born in Vallejo, California in 1945 to Oehm and Margarite Kirkman. 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.
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".
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. Six weeks later, Kirkman would return the favor, winning their rematch, to Jones at the start of a winning streak.
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.
Following the fight, Kirkman elected to opt out of his contract with Hurley, who died several years later.
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
On April 9, 1974, Kirkman fought Memphis Al Jones in what Kirkman considered a "tune-up fight". 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. 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. The Kirkman-Norton fight was stopped by the referee when Kirkman failed to answer the bell for the eighth round.
In September, Kirkman fought Ron Lyle, who the following year was beaten controversially by Ali for the WBA and WBC titles. The fight was stopped as a technical knockout due to a cut on Kirkman's cheek.
Professional boxing record
|36 Wins (24 knockouts, 12 decisions), 6 Losses (3 knockouts, 2 decisions), 0 Draws|
|Win||36-6||Atlas, CharlesCharles Atlas||TKO||Jan 26, 1978||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||35-6||Agosto, PedroPedro Agosto||PTS||Oct 25, 1977||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||34-6||Stander, RonRon Stander||TKO||Jul 19, 1977||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||33-6||Roman, JoseJose Roman||UD||Apr 26, 1977||Seattle, Washington|
|Loss||32-6||Neumann, RandyRandy Neumann||UD||Sep 5, 1975||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Loss||32-5||Lyle, RonRon Lyle||TKO||Sep 17, 1974||Seattle, Washington|
|Loss||32-4||Norton, KenKen Norton||RTD||Jun 25, 1974||Seattle, Washington|
|Loss||32-3||Jones, AlAl Jones||KO||Apr 9, 1974||Dallas, Texas|
|Win||32-2||Renaud, LarryLarry Renaud||TKO||Mar 6, 1974||Reno, Nevada|
|Win||31-2||Ellis, JimmyJimmy Ellis||SD||Dec 12, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||30-2||Johnson, GeorgeGeorge Johnson||PTS||Oct 23, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||29-2||Bailey, LouLou Bailey||PTS||Oct 4, 1973||Denver, Colorado|
|Win||28-2||Harris, RobieRobie Harris||KO||Sep 20, 1973||Stockton, California|
|Win||27-2||O'Halloran, JackJack O'Halloran||PTS||Jul 12, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||26-2||Carter, SteveSteve Carter||PTS||May 16, 1973||Stockton, California|
|Win||25-2||Drover, BillBill Drover||KO||Apr 28, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||24-2||Gosha, DickDick Gosha||TKO||Mar 15, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||23-2||Lewis, FredFred Lewis||TKO||Jan 30, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Loss||22-2||Foreman, GeorgeGeorge Foreman||TKO||Nov 18, 1970||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Win||22-1||Lincoln, AmosAmos Lincoln||KO||Jul 9, 1970||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||21-1||McMurray, BillBill McMurray||TKO||Apr 28, 1970||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||20-1||Wilson, OllieOllie Wilson||KO||Mar 17, 1970||St. Paul, Minnesota|
|Win||19-1||Bruce, MikeMike Bruce||KO||Jan 26, 1970||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||18-1||McMurray, BillBill McMurray||UD||Sep 9, 1968||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||17-1||Copeland, EverettEverett Copeland||TKO||Apr 25, 1968||Spokane, Washington|
|Win||16-1||Lanum, MikeMike Lanum||KO||Feb 29, 1968||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Win||15-1||Ray, ArchieArchie Ray||KO||Dec 12, 1967||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Win||14-1||Heath, WayneWayne Heath||KO||Nov 17, 1967||Spokane, Washington|
|Win||13-1||Nielson, BillBill Nielson||TKO||Oct 3, 1967||Portland Oregon|
|Win||12-1||Jones, DougDoug Jones||TKO||Aug 10, 1967||Seattle, Washington|
|Loss||11-1||Jones, DougDoug Jones||TKO||Jun 29, 1967||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||11-0||Machen, EddieEddie Machen||TKO||May 26, 1967||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||10-0||Norling, Lars OlofLars Olof Norling||TKO||Apr 22, 1967||Spokane, Washington|
|Win||9-0||Heath, WayneWayne Heath||UD||Mar 21, 1967||Portland, Oregon|
|Win||8-0||Birmingham, LeroyLeroy Birmingham||TKO||Feb 28, 1967||Spokane, Washington|
|Win||7-0||Adams, BowieBowie Adams||KO||Jan 24, 1967||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||6-0||Ray, ArchieArchie Ray||PTS||Oct 20, 1966||Boise, Idaho|
|Win||5-0||Ray, ArchieArchie Ray||UD||Sep 22, 1966||Boise, Idaho|
|Win||4-0||Carter, AlAl Carter||TKO||Jun 23, 1966||Los Angeles, California|
|Win||3-0||Collins, JohnJohn Collins||TKO||Jun 2, 1966||Boise, Idaho|
|Win||2-0||Wright, GailGail Wright||KO||May 5, 1966||Boise, Idaho|
|Win||1-0||Phillips, LouLou Phillips||KO||Apr 1, 1966||Boise, Idaho|
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.
Relationship with Jack Hurley
In interviews, Kirkman has said he and Jack Hurley never got along during their partnership. 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. 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.
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.
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