Don Fullmer

Don Fullmer

West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Death 28 Jan 2012 (aged 72)
West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial South Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 84171930 · View Source
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Professional Boxer. A top contender of the Middleweight Division during the 1960s, he matched skills with a bounty full of the greatest fighters of his era. The younger brother of Gene and Jay Fullmer, accomplished fighters in their own right, his association with boxing could be traced back to when he was five and fought an amateur bout. He put together an impressive amateur career, prior to turning professional in 1958, after which he tallied 14 wins consecutively. On January 28th, 1960, he earned a unanimous decision over former Welterweight Champion Virgil Atkins. During the next four years, Fullmer held his own against contender Joey Archer and future champions Emile Griffith, Jose Torres and Dick Tiger nevertheless, he lost all three bouts at the hands of the judges. In 1964, he met future World Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Ellis and received a split decision victory. In addition over the next year, he avenged two of his earlier defeats with decision wins over Emile Griffith and Joey Archer and earned a number one ranking. In 1966, he fought the reigning Light-Middleweight Champion Nino Benvenuti and lost on points. The pinnacle of his career was reached on December 14th, 1968, with a rematch of Benvenuti and a shot at the World Middleweight Title. Fullmer floored Benvenuti during the seventh round and it looked like he was en route to the crown. The champ mounted a comeback and secured a fifteen round unanimous decision over Fullmer. Over the next three years, he fought lesser opponents and retired in 1971 after compiling a 54 win (14 knockout), 20 loss and 5 drawn record. He was only knocked out two-times in his career. Fullmer, who served as president of the Rockey Mountain chapter of the US Golden Gloves operated gyms along with his brothers throughout Utah, while serving with the Salt Lake City Fire Department. He died of complications from leukemia.

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  • Added: 29 Jan 2012
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