Gene Fullmer

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Gene Fullmer
Statistics
Real nameGene Fullmer
Nickname(s)Cyclone
Rated atMiddleweight
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Nationality American
Born(1931-07-21) July 21, 1931 (age 82)
West Jordan, Utah, United States
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights64
Wins55
Wins by KO24
Losses6
Draws3
No contests0
 
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Gene Fullmer
Statistics
Real nameGene Fullmer
Nickname(s)Cyclone
Rated atMiddleweight
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
Nationality American
Born(1931-07-21) July 21, 1931 (age 82)
West Jordan, Utah, United States
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights64
Wins55
Wins by KO24
Losses6
Draws3
No contests0

Gene Fullmer (born July 21, 1931) is a former American middleweight boxer and world champion.

Professional career[edit]

Fullmer began his professional career in 1951 and won his first 29 fights, 19 by knockout. His manager during many years of his career was his mentor, Marv Jenson, who encouraged many youth in West Jordan, Utah, to enter boxing as amateurs.

Middleweight champion[edit]

Fullmer won the world middleweight championship on January 2, 1957, when he upset the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson by soundly winning a unanimous 15-round decision. On May 1, 1957 they fought a rematch. The fight began as expected, with Fullmer using his strength and awkwardness to bull into Robinson and really force him onto his heels. In the fifth round Robinson, while backing up, lashed out with what has been called the perfect left hook. It caught Fullmer flush on the chin and knocked him out.

In 1959, the National Boxing Association withdrew its recognition of Robinson as middleweight champion. Fullmer and fellow former middleweight champion Carmen Basilio fought for the vacant NBA title on August 28, 1959, and Fullmer won the crown when he TKOed Basilio in the 14th round. Meanwhile, Robinson was to lose his version of the middleweight championship to Paul Pender.

Fullmer and Pender never met to settle their claims to the middleweight title, and Pender eventually retired. Meanwhile, Fullmer fought and turned back the challenges of many top contenders, such as Basilio, Spider Webb, Florentino Fernández, and welterweight champion Benny "Kid" Paret. He narrowly escaped being dethroned when he was held to 15-round draws by Robinson and future titleholder Joey Giardello. In their final meeting, a title bout in 1961, Fullmer beat Robinson by unanimous decision.

Losing the title[edit]

Fullmer finally lost the middleweight title to Dick Tiger on October 23, 1962 in a unanimous decision. They fought a rematch on February 23, 1963, which resulted in a draw. Fullmer's attempts to regain the middleweight crown finally ended when he was TKOed in seven rounds by Tiger on August 10, 1963.

Fullmer's final record included 55 wins (24 by KO), 6 losses, and 3 draws.

Professional boxing record[edit]

55 Wins (24 Knockouts), 6 Defeats (2 Knockouts), 3 Draws[1]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss55-6-3Nigeria Dick TigerRTD7 (15), 3:001963-08-10Nigeria Liberty Stadium, IbadanFor WBA & vacant WBC World Middleweight Titles
Draw55-5-3Nigeria Dick TigerPTS151963-02-23United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NevadaFor WBA World Middleweight Titles
Loss55-5-2Nigeria Dick TigerUD151962-10-23United States Candlestick Park, California, CaliforniaFor vacant WBA World Middleweight Title
Win55-4-2Cuba Benny ParetKO10 (15), 2:301961-12-09United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained NBA World Middleweight Title
Win54-4-2Cuba Florentino FernándezSD151961-08-05United States Ogden Stadium, Ogden, UtahRetained NBA World Middleweight Title
Win53-4-2United States Sugar Ray RobinsonUD151961-03-04United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained NBA World Middleweight Title
Draw52-4-2United States Sugar Ray RobinsonPTS151960-12-03United States Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CaliforniaRetained NBA World Middleweight Title
Win52-4-1United States Carmen BasilioTKO12 (15)1960-06-29United States Derks Field, Salt Lake City, UtahRetained NBA World Middleweight Title
Draw51-4-1United States Joey GiardelloPTS151960-04-20United States Montana St. College Fieldhouse, Bozeman, MontanaRetained NBA World Middleweight Title
Win51-4United States Spider WebbUD151959-12-04United States George Nelson Field House, Logan, UtahRetained NBA World Middleweight Title
Win50-4United States Carmen BasilioTKO14 (15), 0:391959-08-28United States Cow Palace, California, CaliforniaWon vacant NBA World Middleweight Title
The Ring magazine's "Fight of the Year" (1959)
Win49-4Canada Wilf GreavesMD101959-02-20United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win48-4United States Milo SavageUD101959-01-09United States Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas
Win47-4United States Joe MiceliKO2 (10), 0:381958-11-10United States Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win46-4United States Spider WebbUD101958-09-11United States Derks Field, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win45-4United States Jim HegerleUD101958-07-07United States West Jordan Arena, West Jordan, Utah
Win44-4United States Milo SavageUD101958-03-03United States Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win43-4United States Neal RiversMD101957-11-15United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win42-4United States Chico VejarUD101957-09-04United States West Jordan Arena, West Jordan, Utah
Win41-4United States Ralph JonesUD101957-06-07United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Loss40-4United States Sugar Ray RobinsonKO5 (15), 1:271957-05-01United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IllinoisLost World Middleweight Title
Win40-3United States Ernie DurandoUD101957-02-18United States Denver Auditorium Arena, Denver, Colorado
Win39-3Canada Wilf GreavesUD101957-01-28United States Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win38-3United States Sugar Ray RobinsonUD151957-01-02United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkWon World Middleweight Title
Win37-3United States Moses WardKO3 (10)1956-09-22United States West Jordan Arena, West Jordan, Utah
Win36-3France Charles HumezUD101956-05-25United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win35-3United States Ralph JonesUD101956-04-20United States Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
Win34-3United States Gil TurnerSD101956-02-17United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win33-3United States Rocky CastellaniSD101956-01-04United States Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Loss32-3Argentina Eduardo LausseUD101955-11-25United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss32-2United States Bobby BoydUD101955-11-25United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win32-1United States Al AndrewsUD101955-09-12United States Ogden Stadium, Ogden, Utah
Win31-1United States Del FlanaganUD101955-07-26United States Butte Civic Center, Butte, Montana
Win30-1United States Gil TurnerPTS101955-06-20United States West Jordan Park, West Jordan, Utah
Loss29-1United States Gil TurnerUD101955-04-04United States Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York
Win29-0United States Govan SmallPTS101955-03-21United States Salt Lake City, Utah
Win28-0United States Paul PenderUD101955-02-14United States Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York
Win27-0France Marcel AssireUD101955-01-31United States Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York
Win26-0Germany Peter MuellerUD101954-11-15United States Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York
Win25-0United States Jackie LaBuaUD101954-11-15United States Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York
Win24-0United States Dick WolfeKO4 (10), 1:271954-08-16United States West Jordan Park, West Jordan, Utah
Win23-0United States Reno AbelliraUD101954-07-29United States West Jordan Arena, West Jordan, Utah
Win22-0United States Govan SmallPTS101954-07-12United States West Jordan Arena, West Jordan, Utah
Win21-0United States Rio RicoPTS101954-07-12United States Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win20-0United States Andy AndersonRTD7 (10)1954-05-17United States Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win19-0United States Charley CatoKO1 (10), 1:431954-04-26United States Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win18-0United States Kid LeonKO11954-02-06United States West Jordan Junior High, West Jordan, Utah
Win17-0Mexico Armando CoteroUD61952-09-20United States Legion Stadium, Hollywood, California
Win16-0United States Mickey RhodesKO61952-08-08United States Ogden Stadium, Ogden, Utah
Win15-0United States Baby RayKO11951-10-17United States Vernal, Utah
Win14-0United States Rudy ZadellPTS61951-10-10United States Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Win13-0United States Gary HanleyKO11951-10-03United States West Jordan, Utah
Win12-0United States Garth PanterMD101951-09-25United States Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah
Win11-0United States Sam HealyKO41951-09-14United States Uintah High School Gym, Vernal, Utah
Win10-0United States Charley CatoKO4 (10)1951-09-07United States West Jordan, Utah

Personal[edit]

Fullmer had two brothers who boxed: Don Fullmer, who twice challenged for the World Middleweight Title, and Jay Fullmer, who boxed as a lightweight.

Fullmer appeared in a cameo role in the 1968 film The Devil's Brigade as a Montana bartender.

Fullmer is featured on the cover of the album Greatest Hits by Alice in Chains.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gene Fullmer's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-30.

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Robinson
World Middleweight Champion
2 Jan 1957– 1 May 1957
Succeeded by
Sugar Ray Robinson
Preceded by
Sugar Ray Robinson
Stripped
NBA World Middleweight Champion
Later WBA Title

28 Aug 1959– 23 Oct 1962
Succeeded by
Dick Tiger
Awards
Preceded by
Floyd Patterson
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1961
Succeeded by
Dick Tiger