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Don Fullmer boxer

Don Fullmer image
Status inactive
Age 72
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 9″/175cm
Debut 1957-08-02
Born 1939-02-21
Death 2012-01-28
Nationality USA
Residence West Jordan, Utah, USA
bouts
79
won
54
lost
20
draw
5
bouts
79
won
54
lost
20
draw
5
Status inactive
Age 72
Division middleweight
Height 5′ 9″/175cm
Debut 1957-08-02
Born 1939-02-21
Death 2012-01-28
Nationality USA
Residence West Jordan, Utah, USA

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 neededIn 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 middleweight 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.

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 neededIn 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 middleweight 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.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Sept. 24, 1973 Richie Kates LWWWWW Spectrum, Philadelphia LOSS
Unanimous decision
April 21, 1973 Andy Kendall WWWDWL Capital Plaza, Frankfort WIN
Split-decision
Jan. 13, 1973 Billy Freeman WWLWLW Williamsport WIN
Majority decision
Oct. 14, 1972 Lino Rendon DLWLLL Cedar City WIN
Unanimous decision
May 22, 1972 Amado Vasquez WLLLLW Salt Palace, Salt Lake City WIN
KO
Feb. 19, 1972 Pierre Fourie WWWWWW Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg LOSS
Points
Oct. 19, 1971 Billy Wagner WWWWLW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 16, 1971 Dave Thach LWWWWW Read Fieldhouse, Kalamazoo WIN
Split-decision
June 22, 1971 Eugene Hart WWWWWW Spectrum, Philadelphia LOSS
Unanimous decision
April 26, 1971 Bobby Cassidy WLWWL Felt Forum, New York LOSS
Split-decision
Feb. 11, 1971 Tom Bogs DWLWLW K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen LOSS
Points
July 11, 1970 Billy Douglas WLWWWW Lausche Building On The Ohio State Fairgrounds, Columbus DRAW
Points
Feb. 12, 1970 Tom Bogs WWWWWW Skojtehal, Gladsaxe DRAW
Points
Oct. 29, 1969 Doyle Baird DWWWWW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Split-decision
May 26, 1969 Juarez de Lima WDWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Split-decision
Dec. 14, 1968 Nino Benvenuti WWWWWD Teatro Ariston, San Remo World Boxing Association World Middleweight

World Boxing Council World Middleweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Sept. 18, 1968 Polo Corona LLLLLL Star Theater, Phoenix WIN
Unanimous decision
May 29, 1968 Gene Bryant WLWWWL Derks Field, Salt Lake City WIN
Unanimous decision
April 25, 1968 Billy Marsh LLLWWL Madison Square Garden, Phoenix WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 20, 1968 Carl Moore LLLLLL Madison Square Garden, Phoenix WIN
Split-decision
Sept. 22, 1967 Ted Wright WDLLLL Weber State College Gymnasium, Ogden WIN
Unanimous decision
June 22, 1967 Luis Garduno LLLLLL Adams Field House, Missoula WIN
Technical knockout
April 3, 1967 Joe Hopkins WWWWWW Valley Music Hall, Salt Lake City WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 28, 1966 Bobo Olson LWLWWW Oakland Arena, Oakland WIN
Majority decision
Oct. 17, 1966 Tony Montano LLLLWL Sportatorium, Phoenix WIN
Unanimous decision
April 25, 1966 Stan Harrington WWWDWW Honolulu International Center, Honolulu WIN
Unanimous decision
March 18, 1966 Jose Gonzalez LWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York WBA American Middleweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Feb. 4, 1966 Nino Benvenuti WWWWWW Palazzetto dello Sport, Roma LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 13, 1965 Joey Archer WWWWWW Boston Garden, Boston WBA American Middleweight

WIN
Split-decision
Aug. 19, 1965 Emile Griffith WWWLWW Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City WBA American middleweight title WIN
Unanimous decision
June 21, 1965 Gene Bryant WWWLWW West Jordan Park, West Jordan WIN
Unanimous decision
April 27, 1965 Andy Kendall WWWWWW Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas DRAW
Points
Feb. 23, 1965 Ferd Hernandez WWWWWW Hacienda Hotel, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 21, 1964 Jimmy Ellis LWWWLW Convention Center, Louisville WIN
Split-decision
Sept. 11, 1964 Dick Tiger WWDWLW Arena, Cleveland LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 15, 1964 Ron Thompson WWLWWW Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene WIN
Technical knockout
April 14, 1964 Fred Roots WWLWWW Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento DRAW
TD
Dec. 23, 1963 Souleymane Diallo WWWWDW Palais des Sports, Paris LOSS
Points
Oct. 9, 1963 Jose Torres WWWWWL Armory, Teaneck LOSS
Points
July 3, 1963 Bobby Horn WWWWWW Lane County Fairgrounds, Eugene WIN
Unanimous decision
May 5, 1963 Sandro Mazzinghi WWWWWW Velodromo Vigorelli, Milan LOSS
Technical knockout
April 18, 1963 Eddie Andrews WLWWLL Mathisen's Hall, Reno WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 14, 1963 Eddie Andrews DWLWWL Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 6, 1962 Emile Griffith WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 21, 1962 Juan Carlos Rivero LWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Split-decision
May 22, 1962 Terry Downes WLWWWL Empire Pool, Wembley LOSS
Points
March 16, 1962 Joe DeNucci WWWWDW Boston Garden, Boston WIN
Unanimous decision
Aug. 12, 1961 Ted Wright LDWWWL Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Technical knockout
July 15, 1961 Rocky Fumerelle WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 4, 1961 Joey Archer WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York LOSS
Majority decision
Nov. 11, 1960 Buck Bellamy LWLLDL George Nelson Field House, Logan WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 14, 1960 Gustav Scholz WWWWWW Festhalle, Frankfurt DRAW
Points
May 11, 1960 Stefan Redl DWLWWL Jenson's Gym, West Jordan WIN
Unanimous decision
March 28, 1960 JC Johnson LWWLWW West Jordan WIN
Unanimous decision
March 5, 1960 Billy Blair WWWD Athletic Club, West Jordan WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 20, 1960 James Shorty L Jenson's Gym, West Jordan WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 28, 1960 Virgil Akins LLLWLL Kiel Auditorium, Saint Louis WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 4, 1959 Doug Garrett LLLWDL George Nelson Field House, Logan WIN
Points
Aug. 18, 1959 Phil Moyer WDLWWW Auditorium, Portland LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 6, 1959 Eddie Andrews WLLWWL Convention Center, Las Vegas LOSS
Majority decision
April 4, 1959 Orlando DePietro LLWWLW Polo Grounds, Palm Springs LOSS
Points
Feb. 9, 1959 Cornell Olds LLLWL Eldred Recreation Center, Provo WIN
KO
Jan. 16, 1959 Cornell Olds LLLW Uintah High School Gym, Vernal WIN
KO
Dec. 15, 1958 Roscoe Shamblin DWW Arena, Cleveland WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 29, 1958 Willie Fuller Kanab WIN
KO
Nov. 10, 1958 Dick Bankhead WLWW Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City WIN
KO
Oct. 13, 1958 Curtis Barker West Jordan Elementary School, West Jordan WIN
KO
Sept. 11, 1958 Andy Maes WWLLWW Derks Field, Salt Lake City WIN
Points
July 26, 1958 Chico Cirini Arena, West Jordan WIN
Unanimous decision
July 7, 1958 Elmer Carter LLW Arena, West Jordan WIN
Points
June 4, 1958 Cornell Olds LL West Jordan Park, West Jordan WIN
KO
April 19, 1958 Frank Fellsen Springville WIN
Points
April 5, 1958 Cornell Olds L Cedar City WIN
Points
March 3, 1958 Elmer Carter L Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City WIN
Points
Feb. 10, 1958 Billy O'Neill LWDWDL Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 1, 1958 Amond Cadoll Southern Utah University Fieldhouse, Cedar City WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 28, 1958 Cornell Olds Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 4, 1957 Johnny Hudson L Arena, West Jordan WIN
KO
Aug. 2, 1957 Joe Mortenson WLLL West Jordan WIN
Technical knockout