This Day in Boxing

Gene Fullmer Beats Florentino Fernandez This Day August 5, 1961

 

Gene Fullmer Beats Florentino Fernandez This Day August 5, 1961 and retains the middleweight crown

 

 

  • Gene Fullmer 159¾ lbs
  • Florentino Fernandez 157¼ lbs
  • SD in round 15 of 15
  • Location: Ogden Stadium, Ogden, Utah, USA
  • Referee: Ken Shulsen 145-142
  • Judge: Norman Jorgensen 148-140
  • Judge: Del Markham 143-145
  • National Boxing Association World Middleweight Title
  • Unofficial UPI scorecard – 144-141 Fullmer
  • Gate – $95,000

 

Notes

Purses – Fullmer: 45% of the net gate and $60,000 from TV monies; Fernandez: 20% of the net gate and $10,000 in TV monies.

Post-fight comment: “My whole arm went numb in the 14th round but I thought maybe I had just been hit on the crazy bone.” Gene Fullmer, on the broken bone

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