AUSTRALIA’S GREAT FIGHTERS
Australia’s greatest boxer, the Marrickville Mauler won world titles in three different weight classes. Would’ve been four if not for one of the most corrupt decisions in boxing history, his 1991 draw with Azumah Nelson.
While born in Russia, Tszyu will also be the ‘ Thunder from Down Under’. Highlights include being the first boxer in 34 years to unify the light-welterweight division, and that unforgettable KO of American Zab Judah.
Became the first indigenous Australian to win a world title when he beat Fighting Harada for the WBA and WBC bantamweight titles in Tokyo, 1968. Some 100,000 people greeted Rose at the Melbourne Town Hall when he arrived home.
Oh, what could have been. Taking up boxing in his early teens, the Maitland Wonder had by 21 amassed 46 wins including the Australian version of the world middleweight title before dying of septicaemia. Incredibly, held middleweight and heavyweight titles simultaneously.
A Commonwealth Games gold medallist, ‘ The Real Deal’ did what most thought impossible when he won the IBF middleweight strap in Germany, against German Sebastian Sylvester. Defended four times, picking up the IBO middleweight and WBA super world middleweight titles along the way.