Don Fraser – R.I.P.

By David Martinez /

The boxing world was saddened to learn long time boxing icon Don Fraser passed away on October 30, 2019. He was 92 years old.

Don was a special man, and truly a giving human being to all who knew him.

I first met Don thirty years ago at the old Spaghetti Factory in Hollywood, California, when he hosted weekly boxing luncheons at that historic location.

I was so honored to be his close friend. Through the years we conversed frequently by phone, and he would often send me boxing trivia questions for my website.

Don was a great mentor to many and I consider him to be the “Mr. Boxing” of his era. His accomplishments in the world of boxing included promoter, matchmaker, publicist, writer, corner man, Executive Officer for the California Athletic Commission, President Golden State Boxer’s Association, and more recently, he was President and Founder of the California Boxing Hall of Fame. A position from which he retired in December 2018.

With many awards and accolades to his credit, he was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1987, the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, and was honored in a special “Salute To Don Fraser by the National Boxing Hall of Fame in 2018.

In his honor, a Celebration of Life is pending. Information regarding that event will be available shorlty.

Don Fraser will be missed and remembered by many. May his soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord.

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