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Boxing Great Finishes His Last Fight

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Earlier this week the sports world lost one of the most beloved guys to ever strap on a pair of boxing gloves when Gene Fullmer passed away at the age of 83. Throughout his illustrious career in the ring he remained the same humble guy he had always been. He gave everything he had in the thirteen championship fights he was involved in and was the pride of his hometown of West Jordan, Utah. He had a well earned reputation of being a smart, disciplined fighter who trained as hard as he could and worked to keep himself in peak physical condition. His two brothers, Jay and Don were also boxers and along with Gene helped bring notoriety to their small home town. They both preceded Gene in death.
Gene made it to the top of his sport when he was crowned the middleweight champion in 1957. The payoff for that achievement was $10,000, a small fraction of the current pay for such championships. Fullmer had 55 career wins and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Through it all he remained a small town boy at heart.