History | Apr 27 2018

On This Day: Tough-as-they-come Gene Fullmer died

Daniel Herbert pays tribute to Gene Fullmer – a hardman who left his mark on the sport
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HOW good was former world middleweight champion Gene Fullmer, who died on April 27, 2015 at the age of 83? Well, he lost just one of four fights with the man most rate as the greatest ever, Sugar Ray Robinson – and if the latter was past his best by then, it was still a notable achievement.

Fullmer campaigned at a time when there were plenty of quality fighters and the world titles – in just eight weight divisions – were for the most part still undisputed. But true fight fans appreciate the achievements of a boxer who had only 64 pro fights (55 wins, including 24 inside the distance, six defeats and three draws) but who boxed 13 times for a world middleweight title.

The nickname “Cyclone” gives away the fighting style of the man from the small town of West Jordan, Utah.

 

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