Daniel Victor "Boone" Kirkman (born February 6, 1945 in Vallejo, California) is a former amateur and professional Heavyweight boxer. He fought during the same era as George Foreman, Muhammad Ali, and Joe Frazier, which is often credited as one of the greatest heavyweight eras of all time. He spent his entire career based in Seattle, Washington.
|Real name||Daniel Victor Kirkman|
|Nickname(s)||"Boone" "Boom Boom"|
|Weight(s)||210 lb (95 kg)|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm) (1.85 )|
|Born||February 6, 1945|
|Wins by KO||25|
Kirkman was born in Vallejo, California in 1945 to Oehm and Margarite Kirkman. His father, a naval officer, was stationed there at the time. When his father was discharged from the Navy, the family moved back to Renton, Washington, where Kirkman's grandfather initially settled.
From a young age, Kirkman's favorite activities were hunting, fishing, and hiking throughout the state of Washington with his father. He frequently stopped to view plant and animal life, earning him his lifelong nickname of "Boone". Growing up in Renton, a working-class community, Kirkman joined a group of 20 teenagers called the "Buds" that regularly drank alcohol and smoked. Considering the rampant street crime in the area, this was only of moderate concern to Kirkman's father. During this time, Kirkman became interested in boxing during regular sparring sessions with his older brother Steve.
Noting Kirkman's lack of interest in reading, a school friend recommended Rocky Graziano's autobiography Somebody Up There Likes Me, which was adapted into a film starring Paul Newman a year later. Kirkman's fondness of both the book and the film catalyzed him to pursue boxing at a serious level.
Kirkman's first training sessions at age 14 involved traveling to a south Seattle gymnasium to work out from his school in Renton, Washington. The venue was suggested to him by former professional Joey Velez. Kirkman took a year-long hiatus from boxing due to injury, but returned to the gym and won several local Golden Gloves events afterward, slowly building a reputation.
His popularity exploded in March 1965 when he won the AAU Heavyweight Boxing national title in Toledo, Ohio. Following the event, he was signed by Seattle-area fight manager Jack Hurley. Kirkman assumed co-ownership of his family's pub; The Melrose Tavern, shortly after his signing. Between bar tending shifts, Kirkman incorporated training, and spent most nights punching a speed bag, entertaining spectators.
Boone Kirkman's professional career lasted from 1966 to 1978. He finished with a record of 36—6 with a 59.52 knockout percentage. His peak ranking was seventh.
His first match, held in Boise, yielded a win and knockout over Lou Phillips. Kirkman managed to go undefeated in his first eleven matches, including a win over Eddie Machen until stepping up in opposition in New York City he faced skilled Doug Jones in a featured fight held in Seattle. Jones caused a cut over Kirkman's left eye in the first round, but Kirkman managed to keep the veteran at bay with a deluge of heavy punches, eventually knocking Jones to the ropes in Round 7. Thinking he had won the fight, Kirkman prepared for the referee to raise his hand in victory. However the ring physician stopped the fight in due to worsening conditions in Kirkman's eye, sparking controversy. Six weeks later, Kirkman would return the favor, winning their rematch, to Jones at the start of a winning streak.
The Foreman fight was scheduled for November 18, 1970. Foreman was the most heavily favored opponent Kirkman would ever face.
From the start, Kirkman was overmatched by Foreman's superior quickness and power. Foreman pummeled Kirkman with a combination of powerful punches, knocking him to the canvas three times in the first two rounds. The bout ended after just three minutes and forty seconds, when Kirkman failed to answer the bell, giving Foreman the win via technical knockout.
Following the fight, Kirkman elected to opt-out of his contract with Hurley.
Following the fight with Foreman, Kirkman won yet another 10 consecutive bouts. Strangely enough, only half were knockouts, whereas his knockout average was much higher. One of his more notable victories during this stretch came against Jack O'Halloran via points. He also encountered his second opponent ranked in the Ring Magazine Top 10 in Jimmy Ellis, whom he defeated by split decision.
Later struggles (1974)Edit
On April 9, 1974, Kirkman fought Memphis "Al" Jones in what Kirkman considered a "tune-up fight". The fight was stopped abruptly when Kirkman, having knocked Jones down four times in the first two rounds, was knocked unconscious by a right hook from Jones. This was Kirkman's first loss in over three and a half years.
Following the loss, Kirkman immediately scheduled several ranked opponents in an attempt to recover his sinking ranking. As a result, Kirkman experienced consecutive losses for the first time in his career after losing to Ken Norton, on his return to Seattle in June 1974. Norton was known as "the guy that broke Ali's jaw", doing it the previous year as a 7-1 underdog. The Kirkman-Norton fight was stopped by the referee when Kirkman failed to answer the bell for the eighth round.
In September, Kirkman fought Ron Lyle (who suffered a narrow defeat to Ali the following year for the WBA and WBC titles), but lost again when the referee stopped the fight due to a cut on Kirkman's cheek.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|36 Wins (24 knockouts, 12 decisions), 6 Losses (3 knockouts, 2 decisions), 0 Draws|
|Win||36-6||Charles Atlas||TKO||Jan 26, 1978||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||35-6||Pedro Agosto||PTS||Oct 25, 1977||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||34-6||Ron Stander||TKO||Jul 19, 1977||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||33-6||Jose Roman||UD||Apr 26, 1977||Seattle, Washington|
|Loss||32-6||Randy Neumann||UD||Sep 5, 1975||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Loss||32-5||Ron Lyle||TKO||Sep 17, 1974||Seattle, Washington|
|Loss||32-4||Ken Norton||RTD||Jun 25, 1974||Seattle, Washington|
|Loss||32-3||Al Jones||KO||Apr 9, 1974||Dallas, Texas|
|Win||32-2||Larry Renaud||TKO||Mar 6, 1974||Reno, Nevada|
|Win||31-2||Jimmy Ellis||SD||Dec 12, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||30-2||George Johnson||PTS||Oct 23, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||29-2||Lou Bailey||PTS||Oct 4, 1973||Denver, Colorado|
|Win||28-2||Robie Harris||KO||Sep 20, 1973||Stockton, California|
|Win||27-2||Jack O'Halloran||PTS||Jul 12, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||26-2||Steve Carter||PTS||May 16, 1973||Stockton, California|
|Win||25-2||Bill Drover||KO||Apr 28, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||24-2||Dick Gosha||TKO||Mar 15, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||23-2||Fred Lewis||TKO||Jan 30, 1973||Seattle, Washington|
|Loss||22-2||George Foreman||TKO||Nov 18, 1970||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York|
|Win||22-1||Amos Lincoln||KO||Jul 9, 1970||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||21-1||Bill McMurray||TKO||Apr 28, 1970||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||20-1||Ollie Wilson||KO||Mar 17, 1970||St. Paul, Minnesota|
|Win||19-1||Mike Bruce||KO||Jan 26, 1970||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||18-1||Bill McMurray||UD||Sep 9, 1968||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||17-1||Everett Copeland||TKO||Apr 25, 1968||Spokane, Washington|
|Win||16-1||Mike Lanum||KO||Feb 29, 1968||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Win||15-1||Archie Ray||KO||Dec 12, 1967||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Win||14-1||Wayne Heath||KO||Nov 17, 1967||Spokane, Washington|
|Win||13-1||Bill Nielson||TKO||Oct 3, 1967||Portland Oregon|
|Win||12-1||Doug Jones||TKO||Aug 10, 1967||Seattle, Washington|
|Loss||11-1||Doug Jones||TKO||Jun 29, 1967||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||11-0||Eddie Machen||TKO||May 26, 1967||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||10-0||Lars Olof Norling||TKO||Apr 22, 1967||Spokane, Washington|
|Win||9-0||Wayne Heath||UD||Mar 21, 1967||Portland, Oregon|
|Win||8-0||Leroy Birmingham||TKO||Feb 28, 1967||Spokane, Washington|
|Win||7-0||Bowie Adams||KO||Jan 24, 1967||Seattle, Washington|
|Win||6-0||Archie Ray||PTS||Oct 20, 1966||Boise, Idaho|
|Win||5-0||Archie Ray||UD||Sep 22, 1966||Boise, Idaho|
|Win||4-0||Al Carter||TKO||Jun 23, 1966||Los Angeles, California|
|Win||3-0||John Collins||TKO||Jun 2, 1966||Boise, Idaho|
|Win||2-0||Gail Wright||KO||May 5, 1966||Boise, Idaho|
|Win||1-0||Lou Phillips||KO||Apr 1, 1966||Boise, Idaho|
Kirkman lives near Renton with his wife Teese, a retired nurse. The two have been married since 1988. He has two children from a previous marriage, Erik and Nina. He also has two grandchildren.
Relationship with Jack HurleyEdit
Kirkman and Jack Hurley were often at odds during Hurley's tenure. In interviews, Kirkman has expressed several criticisms of his former manager, including uncooperative behavior, leaving his boxers unprepared for fights, and a failure to secure a fight with Muhammad Ali during his prime (when Kirkman was the seventh-ranked boxer in the world). Additionally, Hurley was not heavily involved during the training process, which contributed to poor scheduling.
Two other former boxers who were signed to Hurley, Harry Matthews and Pete Radarmacher, experienced similar frustrations, often finding themselves overmatched when up against highly-ranked opponents.
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