So sad to see of his passing. He was always such an inspiration to me. My
earliest memories of his career were of my father and I out in the truck,
listening to the broadcast of his fights, with Dad yelling and jumping up and
down at the radio! His biggest fans were the guys down at the shop where he
worked. He truley loved the game. There were a lot of fighters of his day
that were faster, prettier, more talented, and maybe glitzier, but none ever had
more "heart". He would not be stopped.
Many years ago, my wife and I ate at Gene Fullmer's restaurant in Midvale.
Our daughter was dying with cancer. Family offered to tend so that we could
have an hour away from home to regroup. As we entered the restaurant, Gene was
there to welcome his "guests". When he saw that we were having a hard
time, he pulled up a chair at our table and listened as we told him about our
daughter. As other "guests" entered, some of them called out to him.
He waved and told them that he would see them in a few minutes. He listened.
He lightened our load. He held us as if we were family. He wished us well. He
told us that if we needed anything, to just let him know. He didn't know
us but he treated us as family. When it was time to pay the bill, there was no
charge. He hugged us as we left and wished us well.A few years
later, we moved to South Jordan and met all of the Fullmers. They were all
equally kind and generous and thoughtful.They will be missed.
A grinder and in most fights the underdog...two reasons why always I pulled for
Gene.On some of the cable stations, old fights are showcased between
Basilio, Robinson and Gene.I remember my Grandpa and Dad taking me
to the gym in WJ to watch one of my childhood heroes.Gene was
unusually self-deprecating, gracious and welcoming to all visitors considering
the level of stardom he earned as a fighter.
I met Gene Fullmer one time at a golf course. As a child I heard his name a lot
and watched some of his fights on TV. Upon meeting him I was immediately
impressed by his gentlemanly demeanor and graciousness. I left a better person
that day. I wish I could have gotten to know him better! We have lost a real
hero and a true role model.
I remember as a young 6 year old kid old Gene Fullmer the boxing legend. The guy
was awesome in his day!!
Gene's toughness and work ethic influenced me so much growing up. And his
resolve to live his life with principles made me proud. The world lost one of
the true heroes.
My father's claim to fame was that he was the only person to TKO
Gene(LOL)...during a schoolyard fight at Jordan High School, back in the late
40's. Soon after that, they became good friends.
Boxing back in Fullmer's day seemed a lot different - somehow more
pristine. Obviously there was corruption in the sport going back to John L.
Sullivan, but it did hit us in the face. It was also more socially accepted.
Probably the money caused changes in reality and in perception. The fact that
the former middle-weight champion of the world, who did not squander his
earnings, was doing patio work 15 years after retirement says something.
Fighters like Mike Tyson went broke for obvious reasons. I doubt Gene Fullmer
ever was a millionaire. But compare what the two figures have given back to
My father was a big boxing fan. As a kid in the late 60's we went to the
fights at the fair grounds. Golden Gloves as well. Gene was always there and
was always kind and gentle. My father was a big fan. He would always say hello
to me. I just remember a strong stout man who was always kind and had a smile
for me. He was always intent on watching these kids box too. He got into it.
Many will miss this great man. Thanks for some being a great example as well as
providing some great memories as well.
The Fullmers did some patio work at parent's home and I spent 3 days
watching and listening to them. I was memorized listing to Gene talk about
boxing. I was 15 years-old. That was 30 years ago. I've never forgotten
The Real Rocky Balboa!!!! And he earned it outright.
Another great one and connection to my childhood lost.One of the
interesting stories in my wife's family is that her father once defeated
Gene Fullmer in an amateur boxing match at the Peach Day's celebration in
Brigham City. Her father passed away less than a year ago.Two great
The Fullmers have lived full lives and been inspiring to so many in our
community. They will be missed!!! This was a nice article to read.
Another connection to my idyllic childhood where the only neighbor with a TV
would drag it outside for Cavalcade of Sports,Friday Night Fights. Most
neighborhood men would gather round and the boys looked forward to being
w/fathers and other kids. It was my initial experience of that which bonded me
to my father. RIP, Gene Fullmer.
I had the privilege of meeting Gene Fullmer when I was a kid. He had a lot of
couragewhen he boxed. The friendship he had with his brothers lasted a
Gene and his brothers were a great asset to the community. They will be missed.
This man gave us a lot of great memories. I especially remember his bouts with
Sugar Ray Robinson and how gracious Fullmer was. Oh well, we are all mortal.