Ray Wheatley awarded Order of
World of Boxing publisher Ray Wheatley was named in the Queen's Birthday
honours list to receive the prestigious Order of Australia Medal which
was approved by the Governor-General in his capacity as Chancellor of
the Order of Australia, for 45 years service to boxing.
Wheatley became an amateur boxer in 1963, winning the NSW title in 1964
and Golden Gloves championship in 1967.
He turned professional in 1969 and in a bout with Tony Mundine became
the only Australian to have the future Aussie great on the canvas.
Wheatley trained boxers in his backyard garage from 1972 to 1985.
He promoted amateur and professional shows during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
He became a boxing official in 1986 and would later judge or referee
world title bouts in the USA, Australia, Africa , Thailand and
In 1992 Wheatley became the publisher of the World of Boxing publication
which is now in its 16th year of distribution throughout Australia and
In 1997 he first published Title Fight magazine which was distributed
throughout Australia and New Zealand until 2007.
In 1999 he started writing fight reports for Fightnews.
In 2000 Wheatley was voted in as a Vice President of the International
Boxing Federation in Acapulco, Mexico.
He is currently serving as a Board member under President Marian
Wheatley worked as a boxing commentator for Foxtel Fight Nights during
2005 and 2006. He also was a commentator on ESPN's Special documentary –
Muhammad Ali – Greatest of All Time.
``It is a great honour to receive this award." Wheatley said." I have
been blessed that the sport I love has given me this fantastic award.
``I am looking forward to having many more years in the sport of
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