Who Is The Best Aussie Fighter Of All Time?

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by mcvey, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Chuck1052

    Chuck1052 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 22, 2013
    In regards to Jack Carroll looking awkward, there were some truly great fighters who were far from graceful, notably Harry Greb. Of course, Greb had an extremely unorthodox fighting style. But Greb had one of best records for a fighter in the history of boxing, which makes him one of the best, if not the best, fighters ever.

    - Chuck Johnston
  2. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    I haven't seen Greb in action so can't comment.
  3. kingfisher3

    kingfisher3 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 9, 2011
    looking awkward is not a problem(or a measure of quality at all).

    carroll doesn't have that sort of resume, it's not bad but it aint great either.

    greb also isn't on film for us to see, carroll is, and, irrelevant of awkwardness, he don't look great.
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  4. JC40

    JC40 Boxing fan since 1972 banned Full Member

    Jul 12, 2008
    Hi all, thought I would give this old thread a bump. I didn’t put Tzyu in the mix as he learned to fight in the old Soviet Union. I left Fitzsimmons, Peter Jackson and Vic Darchynian out of the mix too.
    1.Lionel Rose. Beating Harada in Japan is still the best win by an Aussie fighter in my opinion.

    2.Jeff Fenech.

    3.Johnny Famechon ( fought close competitive matches with Harada, Legra and Saldivar. I believe Legra was a bit unlucky to lose to Fammo in London but Johnny fought exceptionally well as a heavy underdog. I believe Fammo beat Saldivar. Then again the first fight with Harada was a very lucky win but Fammo kayoed Harada in the Tokyo rematch )

    4.Hec Thompson. Hec had to face Duran and Cervantes in his title shots which was a lot harder ( heavy understatement) than say Fenech beating a nobody like Shinyaki to win his first world crown. Hec beat a handful of world top ten lightweights and jr welters in his career

    5. Young Griffo. Albert was a boxing genius.

    6.Ron Richards. ( my grandpa reckon Ron was the best Aussie fighter he ever saw )

    Personally I don’t think Darcy fought enough prime world class fighters to get in my top six. Ditto Jack Carroll.
    Jeff Harding gets a mention for the incredible will and guts he showed in the first Andries fight. My fellow Qlder Mick Katsidis also gets a mention for his guts n will.

    Rocky Mattioli and Tony Mundine sr also deserve a mention as well.

    Cheers All.
  5. young griffo

    young griffo Boxing Addict Full Member

    May 18, 2006
    Good list JC but I will say that it may be true that Darcy may not have fought many prime world class fighters but it's highly likely Darcy never actually fought in his prime himself. The scalps he attained despite never fighting after the age of 20 are pretty impressive.
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  6. Humean

    Humean New Member Full Member

    Nov 5, 2018
    I'd favour Fenech to be both the best and the greatest of them all.
  7. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

    Dec 31, 2009
    I think To qualify as a true Australian fighter some native aboriginal blood is required. Otherwise it is just Europeans born in a different place.

    If the term African American must differentiate between fighters born in America of European decent then I believe the rule applies everywhere else.

    Dave sands and Lionel Rose make the grade. As do others.
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  8. ChrisJS

    ChrisJS Well-Known Member Full Member

    Sep 11, 2018
    I go for Fenech.
  9. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

    Dec 31, 2009
    Jeff is a Maltese Australian. I don’t think there is any aboriginal blood.
  10. FrankinDallas

    FrankinDallas Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 24, 2004
    My cousin Patsy Lamanna was a boxer out of Dandenong but got hurt in a fight and had to retire. He's still alive but has been disabled for many years.

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  11. The Morlocks

    The Morlocks Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Nov 21, 2009
    Greatest Ausssie fighter? Very easy-The Humongous. Warrior of the WASTELAND. The Ayyatolla of Rock-n-Rolla!!!!!!