AUS­TRALIA’S GREAT FIGHT­ERS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

JEFF FENECH

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.

KOSTYA TSZYU

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.

LIONEL ROSE

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.

LES DARCY

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.

DANIEL GEALE

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.

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