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Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011



Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011


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www.sundayterritorian.com.au Sunday Territorian, Sunday, May 15, 2011 71 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 5 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 7 1 C O L O R : C M Y K 1 OFTHE BEST OUR INDIGENOUS HERO Lionel Rosewas the first indigenous boxer towin aworld title when he beat Masahiko Fighting Harada for the bantamweight crown in 1968. 6 OFTHE BEST HE JUST LOVED US ALL The number of professional fights Jeff Fenech had before winning the IBFs version of theworld bantamweight crown in 1985. 21 OFTHE BEST GONE FAR TOO EARLY Boxing hero Les Darcywas only 21when he died of a combination of pneumonia and blood poisoning in the United States in 1917. sundayterritorian.com.au SPORT Inside back SPORT morrisg@ntnews.com.au with Grey Morris Is there a burning issue you would like us to explore? Email or call me on 8944 9772 Famechon tops bill BOXING HAVE YOUR SAY Who do you rate as Australias bestever boxer? JOINOURFORUM www.ntnews.com.au LES Darcy or Lionel Rose? Johnny Famechon or Anthony Mundine? The arguments will rage forever on who is Australias greatest boxer. Add our first world champ, Jimmy Carruthers, Russias Thunder from Down Under Kosta Tszyu and the incomparable Jeff Fenech to the list and much midnight oil will be burnt deciding the best. For this writer that title belongs to Famechon, the son of a French fighter who migrated with his family to Australia aged five. Jean-Pierre Famechon beat the cocky Cuban Jose Legra at Londons Royal Albert Hall in the English winter of 1969 to win the world featherweight crown. A skilful fighter, Famechons bob-and-weave style won him the Commonwealth and world crowns. For me, Famechon was very special, beating Legra with his tremendous evasive skills and defending the championship twice. Former champion Vicente Saldivar beat him in Rome 14 months later in a fight many pundits believe Famechon won. Australia already had a world champion when Famechon became the new king of the featherweight division. Rose had outpointed Fighting Harada in a freezing Tokyo 11 months earlier to win the undisputed world bantamweight crown in a giant upset. An Aboriginal, Rose grew up in the shanty town of Jacksons Track, a small community near Drouin in Victorias Gippsland region. He was a late replacement for No. 1 contender Jesus Pimentel and the experts placed the popular Harada a warm favourite in front of his own fans. Roses big left hook carried him to a points win that night and for a 10-year-old schoolboy in Katherine that February night, 43 years ago, it was the biggest thing to happen in Australian sport. The ABC did live fight commentaries in those days. I can still recall commentator Ron Caseys description, including the referee pointing to Roses corner at the completion of the 15-round bout with those famous words Rose-san. Rose got through three defences all of them narrrow points wins before running into a Mexican cyclone called Ruben Olivares 19 months later and being knocked out in five rounds. Arguments for any of the others can be stacked up as fast as a Mundine jab or a Rose left hook. Mundines trash talking has given boxing in Australia a new lease of life since his professional debut in 2000. He won the WBA super middleweight crown in 2003 and the IBO middleweight title in 2009. Shown a video of Muhammad Ali at the start of his boxing career, Mundine adapted his style in and out of the ring, winning fans and foes alike. Darcy and Carruthers are the only boxers from my top six to fight out of my lifetime, Darcy in the early 1900s and Carruthers in the 1950s. Carruthers was our first world champion, overwhelming South African Vic Toweel in Johannesburg in 1952. He retired undefeated in 1954, the first world boxing champion to do that after 21 fights and 13 KOs. Darcy is the No. 1 with a lot of boxing people I spoke to. He had 50 fights in Australia as a middleweight and occasional heavy weight, winning 46 of them, 29 by knockout, until his unfortunate death at 21 from blood poisoning. Fenech only had six professional fights before beating Thailands Sakhiki Shingaki to win the IBF bantamweight title in 1985. He was our first three-time world champion, winning the junior and full featherweight crowns in 1987 and 88. And Kostya Tszyu? He was everyones favourite after winning the junior welterweight four times, all with his trademark rat-tail haircut. HE SAID IT Collingwood coachMICK MALTHOUSE on that advantage rule decision that cost theMagpies a goal on Friday night. Im not here to say right or wrong, all Im saying is its remarkable, given what weve been told that players make up their minds. DALGLISH SIGNSON STRIKER Luis Suarez says Liverpools players are delighted at Kenny Dalglish signing a new three-year contract with the EPL club ahead of the Reds chance to secure fifth place and a Europa League berth against Tottenham. Dalglish (pictured), who had a previous successful spell at Anfield from 1985-91, took charge as caretaker in January after Roy Hodgsonwas sacked. SOCCER FANGETS JAIL A COLOMBIAN soccer fan who stabbed a rival supporter to death during a battle between opposing hooligan groups has received a 33-year prison sentence. Miguel Angel Osorio was accused of stabbing Jeider Johan Fonseca during a brawl in a Bogota cafe between rival groups from the Santa Fe and Millionarios clubs in September 2009. CYCLISTSONDOPE LIST THE International Cycling Union has hit out at the leaking of a secret list of riders, including Aussie Michael Rogers, who warranted special attention from anti-doping controllers at last years Tour de France. LEquipe newspaper on Friday said a secret list was created by the UCI after blood samples taken two days before last years cycling classic were compared with evidence available on riders biological passports. RUGBY CHAMPS DISEASE FORMER Springbok skipper and Rugby World Cup-winning scrumhalf Joost van der Westhuizen has been diagnosed with a serious muscle-related neural disease and is on treatment. The diagnosis was made after the 40-year-olds doctor noticed the 1995 champions squad member had problems with his arm and ran a series of tests.