Orville Buckner

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Orville Buckner (born January 1, 1939) was a professional American Welterweight boxer from Miami Beach, Florida. Buckner was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin and fought in the Golden Gloves in La Crosse. He then joined the United States Army and gained more amateur boxing experience. After being discharged from the Army Buckner attended State College of Wisconsin where he majored in economics.

Buckner moved from Wisconsin to Miami Beach, Florida to pursue a professional boxing career. On August 7, 1961 Buckner turned professional and boxed a four round draw with Dave Gaitor at the Sir John Club in Miami, Florida. One month later Buckner knocked out Dave Gaitor in two rounds. After boxing a four round draw with tough Hilton Lumpkin, Buckner reeled off four straight wins.

On April 19, 1962 Buckner lost his first professional fight by four round decision to Hollywood, Florida's Ray Lavarro at the Little River Auditorium in Miami, Florida. On August 23, 1962 at the Little River Auditorium, Buckner scored a five round technical knockout win over Hilton Lumpkin.

At Miami on October 4, 1962 Buckner surprised the South Florida boxing community by boxing a four round draw with veteran boxer Duane Simpson.

Buckner was a boxer without a spectacular punch that relied on his boxing skills. He had lots of heart and determination. Buckner worked as a hotel auditor on Miami Beach during his boxing career.

Buckner's unofficial professional record was eleven wins four losses and four draws.