Jeff "Hit Man" Harding
By Paul Upham in Leichhardt: Two-time WBC light heavyweight boxing world champion Jeff “Hit Man” Harding was honoured on Thursday night April 8 to celebrate his election into the WBC Boxing Hall of Fame at the WBC’s 47th Annual Convention in Seoul in November 2009.
Trained by Johnny Lewis, Harding 23-2 (17) competed between 1986 and 1994 and first defeated Dennis Andries in June 1989 by 12th round stoppage in one of the all-time great thrilling fight endings to win his first WBC belt.
After Andries won the world title back in July 1990 in Melbourne, Harding regained his world championship in September 1991 in London with a majority points decision win.
The special WBC plaque presentation was made by the President of the Australian National Boxing Federation Mr John McDougall and the Senior Vice President Mr Charlie Lucas.
“This is not something that is given easily and is not given to every WBC champion,” said McDougall, “but to the ones who the WBC consider to be an all-time boxing great and you Jeff, you are all heart and twice WBC light heavyweight champion of the world.”
“This is for my late father Maurice John Harding,” said Harding, accepting the award. “He is chiselled in the Hall of Fame of eternity because his son became the first Australian light heavyweight world champion then and that is to me one of the greatest things on the planet because my dad is here forever.”
Harding also thanked WBC President Jose Sulaiman and the WBC Board of Governors for their consideration and his election into the WBC Hall of Fame.
The presentation was televised live around Australia on Fox Sports prior to the Joseph Kwadjo-Jamie Pittman super middleweight main event on a card promoted by Grange Old School Boxing at the Le Montage Bayside Events Centre.
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