Brian Brunette

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Brian Brunette is a retired junior middleweight professional boxer from Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Personal life[edit]

Brunette is a member of the Brunette family of boxers, three brothers who are co-proprietors of Brunette's Boxing Gym in Saint Paul. Brian Brunette is the business manager for the gym.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Brunette made his professional debut on July 7, 1980 with a second round knockout of Wayne Grant on the undercard of the Larry Holmes-Scott LeDoux match at Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota. Brunette won his first 23 fights, 17 of them by knockout, including bouts with 63-43-3 Bruce Strauss and a split decision win against 22-4 Gary Holmgren to take the Minnesota junior middleweight title before a crowd of 2,629.[2]

On September 6, 1986, Brunette squared off 46-0 against Patrizio Oliva in Campania, Italy for the WBA light welterweight title; the referee stopped this fight in the third round of a bout scheduled for fifteen because of an accidental thumbing.[3] Three months later Brunette returned to the ring for one last fight, defeating middleweight Billy Travers by fifth-round TKO. It was his final professional fight as he retired at the age of 28. At the end of his career, Brunette had compiled a record of 24-0 with 18 wins coming by knockout.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

24 Wins (18 knockouts, 6 decisions), 1 Stopped due to accidental thumbing of Brunette's eye (0 knockout, 0 decisions) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win -- Billy Travers TKO 5 26/12/1986 Florida Key West High School, Key West, Florida, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:28 of the fifth round.
Bout stopped by Referee due to accidental thumbing of Brunette's eye 46-0 Italy Patrizio Oliva Bout stopped 3 06/09/1986 Italy Napoli, Italy WBA World Light Welterweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:38 of the third round due to accidental thumbing of Brunette's eye.
Win 32-12-2 Dominican Republic Ezequiel "Cocoa" Sanchez KO 7 13/05/1986 Minnesota Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Win -- United States Lalo Gimenez KO 3 31/01/1986 Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Lalo knocked out at 1:22 of the third round.
Win 0-2 United States Jim "Preacher" Freeman TKO 3 26/12/1985 Florida Turnberry Isle Resort and Club, Miami Beach, Florida, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:10 of the third round.
Win 9-8 United States Steve "Shrink" Mitchell UD 10 10/09/1985 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 15-2 United States Ken Larson TKO 2 29/05/1985 Indiana Holiday Star Theater, Merrillville, Indiana, United States
Win 13-2-1 United States Rudy Fuentes KO 2 22/11/1984 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States Fuentes knocked out at 1:10 of the second round.
Win 13-9-3 United States Trevor Evelyn PTS 10 08/08/1984 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 0-3 United States Greg "Harper" Collins KO 1 13/05/1984 Indiana Highland, Indiana, United States
Win 22-4 United States Gary Holmgren MD 10 01/02/1984 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States Minnesota Light Middleweight Title. 97-97, 97-96, 96-95. "The Brawl for it All" in St. Paul is regarded as one of the Greatest Fights in the History of MN Boxing.
Win 63-43-4 United States Bruce Strauss TKO 6 08/12/1983 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 10-12-1 United States Larry Mayes TKO 2 26/10/1983 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 0-9 United States Billy Doyle KO 2 26/08/1983 North Dakota Belcourt, North Dakota, United States
Win 9-4-2 United States Mike "The Spike" Pollitt TKO 4 23/07/1983 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win -- Steve Roake KO 2 07/05/1983 North Dakota Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 4-16 United States Tony Akbar Taylor TKO 5 12/11/1981 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 2-7-2 United States Larry "Psycho" Ward PTS 8 06/05/1981 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 0-5-1 United States Nate Lenoir KO 2 26/02/1981 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 8-18-2 United States Charlie Peterson PTS 6 21/01/1981 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 1-18 United States Dale "Flash" Gordon PTS 4 09/12/1980 Ohio Warren, Ohio, United States
Win 0-1 United States Darrell Ned Miller TKO 2 11/11/1980 Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:06 of the second round.
Win 1-1 United States Donnie "American Idol" Williams KO 1 23/09/1980 Indiana Atkinson Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win -- United States Rocky Trampler KO 2 24/07/1980 Canada St. James Civic Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 0-1 United States Wayne Grant KO 2 07/07/1980 Minnesota Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, Minnesota, United States

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