Fred Fulton

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Fulton (left) in 1919

Fred Fulton, nicknamed "The Rochester Plasterer", (April 19, 1891 – July 7, 1973) was an American heavyweight professional boxer. He was born in Blue Rapids, Kansas, and resided and died in Park Rapids, Minnesota.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Fulton made his professional debut in 1913 and did not retire from boxing until 1933. Fulton began his career during the "White Hope Era' (1908–1915), when, a white heavyweight was sought to wrest the crown from Jack Johnson. His final record was 83 wins(72 by KO), 17 losses and 4 draws. In 2003 he was named to the Ring Magazine's list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Fulton, although possessing a strong punch, had a checkered career against the other 'white hopes' of the era, and never landed a title fight. He did defeat Gunboat Smith, considered the best of the lot of "white hopes" on two occasions by TKO on November 27, 1917, and by 2 round KO on April 7, 1920, but by this time the 'white hope era' had passed. During the 'white hope' era, Fulton was defeated by other 'white hopes' Carl Morris by disqualification on April 3, 1914, Al Palzer by 4 round KO on May 22, 1914, and Arthur Pelkey by 5 round KO on October 28, 1915.

Fulton's dreams of obtaining a title fight were dashed when he was KO'ed by Jack Dempsey in 18.6 seconds of the first round on July 27, 1918, and by Harry Wills in 3 rounds on July 26, 1920.

At the time of his retirement Fulton had compiled a professional record of 84–19–4, with 70 wins coming by knockout.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Fred Fulton – Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on September 12, 2015.
  2. ^ Fred Fulton. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on September 12, 2015.

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