Bob Dunlop

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Name: Bob Dunlop
Born: 1945-05-24
Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia
Died: 2000-00-00 (Age:54)
Hometown: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 0″   /   183cm
Boxing Record: click

Career Review

Bob Dunlop was one of the 1960s most highly-touted light heavyweight contenders.

Born and raised at Ivanhoe, in the Australian State of Victoria on May 24, 1945, he was one of three children. Dunlop became interested in boxing while attending Eltham Youth Club. George Newton was his first trainer. Dunlop was undefeated in three amateur fights, including a win over Gavin Webster, amateur middleweight champion of Victoria.

Dunlop turned professional under the guidence of Billy Murphy. He soon racked up an impressive winning streak, and became the most popular fighter in Australia. For his fight with Elmo Henderson on December 4, 1967, 10,000 fans turned out. Against Tony Montano on Oct. 16, 1967, 9,000 fans turned-out. Dunlap found himself the third-rated world lightheavyweight contender in The Ring Magazine in 1968.

Dunlop's promising career was detrailed when he was matched with heavyweight Henry Clark. After suffering a 9th round knockout, Bob Dunlop never fought again. By age 24, the world's most promising lightheavyweight was finished.

Dunlop worked in construction. He drank lemonade, and enjoyed squash and skin-diving.


  • Ring Magazine, June 1968, pages 12-13-42: DUNLOP, FROM DOWN UNDER, LIGHTHEAVYWEIGHT FACTOR AFTER MCCORMACK KO, by Ray Mitchell.