One of the highlights of the 8th annual induction ceremony for the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame will be elevation of bantamweight world champion Lionel Rose, already a member of the Hall of Fame, to Legend status. The ceremony will be held in the Members dining room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Victoria on Saturday evening 9 October 2010.
At the 2009 induction ceremony, the “Maitland Wonder” Les Darcy, a multiple division Australian champion from the 1910s, was the first Hall of Fame boxer to be elevated to Legend status.
Born in Drouin, Victoria, on 21 June 1948, the physically gifted Rose demonstrated a superb left hand and idolised another Aboriginal Australian boxer, lightweight champion George Bracken.
When 19-year-old Rose went to Japan to face world champion Masahiko ‘Fighting’ Harada for the WBC and WBA bantamweight world titles in February 1968 and won via majority points decision, not many people gave him a chance of winning. This was meant to be an easy fight for the champion, but Lionel Rose and ‘Fighting’ Harada was actually a mismatch. The Australian winning over 15 rounds on 27 February to become world champion against the two-division world champion. Rose became the first Aboriginal man to become a world champion boxer.
Rose was named Australian of the Year in 1968, the first Aboriginal man to be awarded the honour. He was also appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Mexico great Ruben Olivares, who had a record of 51 wins, zero losses and one draw, defeated Rose for his world titles on 22 August 1969.
After his final fight in December 1976, Rose’s record was 42-11 (12).
Others greats to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on 9 October include undisputed super lightweight world champion Kostya Tszyu, three-division Australian champion Wally Carr, amateur star Tony Madigan, flyweight world title challenger Rocky Gattellari and referee Billy Males.
The induction ceremony evening at the MCG is always the glittering night of nights for Australian boxing, attended by the cream of Australian boxers from past and present. It is the perfect opportunity for fans to meet their boxing heroes in a respectful and celebratory environment.
Some tickets are still available at $165 per head and include a three course meal, with beer, wine and soft drinks included. Tables of 10 and special sponsor tables are available.
For ticket and media enquiries, please contact the ANBHOF Secretary, Frank Maher, by telephone on (03) 9478 3578. 2010 ANBHOF Inductees
Legend: Lionel Rose
Moderns: Kostya Tszyu
/ Wally Carr
Veterans: Tony Madigan
/ Rocky Gattellari
Old Timers: Mickey Miller
/ Merv Blandon
Pioneers: Tim Hegarty
Non Participants: Ern McQuillan Sr
/ Billy Males
Honorary Internationals: Jimmy Clabby
The official Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame website is www.ANBHOF.com