Don Fullmer

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Don Fullmer
Don Fullmer and Nino Benvenuti 1968b.jpg
Fullmer (left) with Nino Benvenuti in 1968
Statistics
Rated at Middleweight
Nationality American
Born (1939-02-21)February 21, 1939
West Jordan, Utah, U.S.
Died January 28, 2012(2012-01-28) (aged 72)
West Jordan, Utah, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 79
Wins 54
Wins by KO 14
Losses 20
Draws 5
No contests 0

Don Fullmer (February 21, 1939 – January 28, 2012) was an American professional boxer and a brother of the former world middleweight champion Gene Fullmer.[1] Eight years younger than his more famous brother, Don followed Gene into the gym in West Jordan, Utah, to learn how to box. He fought as an amateur for four years and did not lose in sixty-five fights. Another brother, Jay, was also active in boxing.[citation needed]

Don turned professional in 1957 as a middleweight and beat some top contenders during his early career, such as Rocky Fumerelle, Rocky Rivero, and Joe DeNucci. However, he also lost to some good fighters, such as former champions Terry Downes, Dick Tiger, José Torres and Emile Griffith, as well as Joey Archer.[citation needed]

In 1964 he beat Jimmy Ellis, who later went on to win the World Boxing Association version of the heavyweight championship. The win against Ellis began a winning streak for Fullmer and he went on to defeat Griffith and Archer in rematches. This streak ended when he lost to Nino Benvenuti in Rome in 1966. Benvenuti went on to win the middlweight title, and after Fullmer beat Carl "Bobo" Olson he fought a rematch with Benvenuti for the title in 1968. He knocked the Italian down but lost a fifteen-round unanimous decision. While never a recognized world champion, Fullmer did win a bout billed as for the "World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship" when he defeated Joe Hopkins in 1967. This title was the precursor to the current super middleweight championship. Few in the boxing world recognized the legitimacy of that title.[2]

Fullmer retired from the ring in 1973. In his retirement, he worked for the Salt Lake County Fire Department. Along with his brothers, he ran the Fullmer Brothers boxing gym in West Jordan. The gym provided kids to work out for free.[3]

Death[edit]

Don Fullmer died of leukemia on January 28, 2012, aged 72. He and his wife, Nedra, had five sons.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

54 Wins (14 knockouts, 40 decisions), 20 Losses (2 knockouts, 18 decisions), 5 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 23-1 United States Richie Kates UD 10 24/09/1973 United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia
Win 41-9-8 United States Andy Kendall SD 10 21/04/1973 United States Capitol Plaza, Louisville, Kentucky
Win 6-4 United States Billy Freeman MD 10 13/01/1973 United States Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Win 19-17-2 Cuba Lino Rendon UD 10 14/10/1972 United States Saint George, Utah
Win 19-13-3 United States Amado Vasquez KO 1 22/05/1972 United States Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
Loss 33-1-1 South Africa Pierre Fourie PTS 10 19/02/1972 South Africa Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Win 26-3-1 United States "Irish" Kelly Wagner PTS 10 19/10/1971 United States Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Win 11-2-1 United States Dave Thach PTS 10 16/09/1971 United States Read Fieldhouse, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Loss 19-0 United States Eugene Hart UD 10 22/06/1971 United States The Spectrum, Philadelphia 44-47, 44-47, 43-47.
Loss 37-11-2 United States Bobby Cassidy SD 10 26/04/1971 United States Felt Forum, New York City 1-9, 2-8, 5-4.
Loss 55-2-1 Denmark Tom Bogs PTS 10 11/02/1971 Denmark K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen
Draw 14-4 United States Billy "Dynamite" Douglas PTS 10 12/07/1970 United States Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio
Draw 52-0 Denmark Tom Bogs PTS 10 12/02/1970 Denmark Skojtehal, Gladsaxe 4-4.
Loss 27-2-1 United States Doyle Baird SD 10 29/10/1969 United States Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio 44-46, 43-47, 47-46.
Win 33-6-5 Brazil Juarez De Lima SD 10 26/05/1969 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 5-4, 6-4, 4-6.
Loss 77-2-1 Italy Nino Benvenuti UD 15 14/12/1968 Italy Ariston Theatre, Sanremo, Liguria WBC/WBA World Middleweight Titles. 69-72, 68-73, 65-71.
Win 7-29-3 Mexico Polo Corona UD 10 18/09/1968 United States Star Theater, Phoenix, Arizona 99-94, 99-92, 99-95.
Win 35-16-6 United States Gene Bryant UD 10 29/05/1968 United States Derks Field, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win 42-33-11 United States Billy Marsh UD 10 25/04/1968 United States Madison Square Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 17-20-5 United States Carl Moore PTS 10 20/02/1968 United States Madison Square Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 46-16-10 United States Ted "Farmer" Wright UD 10 22/09/1967 United States Weber State University, Ogden, Utah 98-94, 100-90, 99-92.
Win 16-15-3 United States Luis Garduno KO 2 22/06/1967 United States Adams Field House, Missoula, Montana Garduno knocked out at 0:54 of the second round.
Win 7-0 United States Joe Hopkins TKO 6 03/04/1967 United States Valley Music Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah World Junior Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:19 of the sixth round.
Win 97-15-2 United States Bobo Olson MD 10 28/11/1966 United States Oakland Arena, Oakland, California 5-2, 4-4, 6-2.
Win 42-22-2 United States Tony Montano UD 10 17/10/1966 United States Sportatorium, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 61-16-2 United States Stan Harrington UD 10 25/04/1966 United States Hawaii International Center, Honolulu, Hawaii 49-45, 49-47, 48-46.
Loss 30-10-1 Puerto Rico Jose "Monon" Gonzalez UD 12 18/03/1966 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City WBA American Middleweight Title. 5-6, 5-7, 4-7.
Loss 62-0 Italy Nino Benvenuti PTS 12 04/02/1966 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome
Win 45-1 United States Joey Archer SD 12 13/12/1965 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts WBA American Middleweight Title. 115-117, 119-114, 117-114.
Win 45-6 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith UD 12 19/08/1965 United States Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City, Utah WBA American Middleweight Title. 117-115, 120-112, 118-111.
Win 28-11-6 United States Gene Bryant UD 10 21/06/1965 United States West Jordan Park, West Jordan, Utah 98-92, 98-93, 97-93.
Draw 16-1-1 United States Andy Kendall PTS 10 27/04/1965 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 10-2-2 United States Ferd Hernandez UD 10 24/02/1965 United States The Hacienda, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 15-3 United States Jimmy Ellis SD 10 21/10/1964 United States Louisville Gardens, Louisville, Kentucky
Loss 48-15-3 Nigeria Dick Tiger UD 10 11/09/1964 United States Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Win 10-1 Canada Ron Thompson TKO 1 15/08/1964 United States Lane County Fair, Eugene, Oregon Referee stopped the bout at 2:13 of the first round.
Draw 21-16-3 United States Fred Roots TD 5 14/04/1964 United States Sacramento, California
Loss 27-0-1 Senegal Souleymane Diallo PTS 10 23/12/1963 France Palais des Sports, Paris
Loss 26-1-1 Puerto Rico José Torres PTS 10 09/10/1963 United States Teaneck Armory, Teaneck, New Jersey 2-5.
Win 15-0-1 United States Bobby Horn UD 10 03/07/1963 United States Lane County Fair, Eugene, Oregon 98-89, 99-95, 100-92.
Loss 25-1 Italy Sandro Mazzinghi TKO 8 05/05/1963 Italy Velodromo Vigorelli, Milan, Lombardy Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the eighth round.
Win 38-16-3 United States Eddie Andrews PTS 10 18/04/1963 United States Reno, Nevada
Win 38-15-3 United States Eddie Andrews UD 10 14/02/1963 United States Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City, Utah
Loss 31-3 United States Virgin Islands Emile Griffith UD 10 06/10/1962 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 2-6, 2-7, 1-9.
Win 45-6-1 Argentina Juan Carlos Rivero SD 10 21/07/1962 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 6-4, 6-4, 5-6.
Loss 28-8 United Kingdom Terry Downes PTS 10 22/05/1962 United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley, London
Win 31-3-2 United States Joe DeNucci UD 10 16/03/1962 United States Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts 97-95, 99-92, 97-96.
Loss 36-7-4 United States Ted "Farmer" Wright TKO 7 12/08/1961 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 26-1 United States Rocky Fumerelle UD 10 15/07/1961 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 7-2, 8-2, 9-1.
Loss 29-0 United States Joey Archer MD 10 04/02/1961 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 3-7, 2-8, 5-5.
Win 7-10-1 United States Buck Bellamy PTS 10 11/11/1960 United States George Nelson Fieldhouse, Logan, Utah
Draw 79-1-4 United States Gustav Scholz PTS 10 14/09/1960 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse
Win 25-5-1 Hungary Stefan Redl UD 10 11/05/1960 United States Jenson's Gym, West Jordan, Utah 97-94, 100-94, 99-92.
Win 12-7 United States JC Johnson UD 8 28/03/1960 United States West Jordan, Utah
Win 2-0-1 United States Billy Blair PTS 8 05/03/1960 United States Sports Club, West Jordan, Utah
Win 0-1 United States James Shorty KO 5 20/02/1960 United States Jenson's Gym, West Jordan, Utah
Win 51-23-1 United States Virgil Akins UD 10 28/01/1960 United States Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis, Missouri
Win 7-16-4 United States Doug Garrett PTS 6 04/12/1959 United States George Nelson Fieldhouse, Logan, Utah
Loss 16-2-1 United States Phil Moyer UD 10 18/08/1959 United States Auditorium, Portland, Oregon 93-98, 94-100, 93-99.
Loss 30-10-2 United States Eddie Andrews SD 10 06/07/1959 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 19-8-4 United States Orlando DiPietro PTS 10 04/04/1959 United States Palm Springs Stadium, Palm Springs, California
Win 1-4 United States Cornell Olds KO 3 09/02/1959 United States Eldred Recreation Center, Provo, Utah Olds knocked out at 1:07 of the third round.
Win 1-3 United States Cornell Olds KO 4 16/01/1959 United States Uintah High School Gym, Vernal, Utah
Win 2-0-1 United States Roscoe Shamblin UD 6 15/12/1958 United States Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Win -- United States Willie Fuller KO 1 29/11/1958 United States Kanab, Utah
Win 3-1 United States Dick Bankhead KO 1 10/11/1958 United States Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win -- United States Curtis Barker KO 2 13/10/1958 United States West Jordan Elementary School, West Jordan, Utah Barker knocked out at 2:16 of the second round.
Win 17-26-2 United States Andy Maes PTS 6 11/09/1958 United States Derks Field, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win -- United States Chico Cirini UD 6 26/07/1958 United States Arena, West Jordan, Utah
Win 1-2 United States Elmer Carter PTS 5 07/07/1958 United States West Jordan, Utah
Win 0-2 United States Cornell Olds KO 2 04/06/1958 United States West Jordan Park, West Jordan, Utah
Win -- Frank Fellsen PTS 6 19/04/1958 United States Springville, Utah
Win 0-1 United States Cornell Olds PTS 6 05/04/1958 United States Cedar City, Utah
Win 0-1 United States Elmer Carter PTS 5 03/03/1958 United States Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win 4-5-2 United States Billy O'Neill UD 6 10/02/1958 United States Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City, Utah 30-23, 30-23, 30-22.
Win -- Amond Cadoll PTS 6 01/02/1958 United States Cedar City, Utah
Win -- United States Cornell Olds TKO 2 28/01/1958 United States Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City, Utah Referee stopped the bout at 1:30 of the second round.
Win 0-1 United States Johnny Hudson KO 1 04/09/1957 United States Arena, West Jordan, Utah Hudson knocked out at 2:47 of the first round.
Win 1-3 United States Joe Mortenson TKO 3 02/08/1957 United States West Jordan, Utah Referee stopped the bout at 2:40 of the third round.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Boxing legend Don Fullmer dies at age 72". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. January 28, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Goldman, Herbert (February 2000). "Answerman". Boxing Digest. 42 (2): 62. 
  3. ^ "Rescue mission begins for Fullmers". Deseret News. Salt Lake City. January 4, 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 

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