and Present Boxers Association - PPBA
(Combined they were the old
Past and Present Boxers Association as was known in Young
Victor's boxing days)
Originally, Past & Present
Boxers Club of Victoria was founded in 1939 by George Harrod,
ring name Young Knuckler and George Edwards George was Snowy Sullivan's
gym manager where Young Victor trained.
The sections below are
dedicated to all members - my friends that make up these bodies!
YVB's PPBA REUNIONS
Past and Present Boxers Reunion
27th Nov 2011
27th Nov 2011 By Young Victor
Today was the PPBA reunion day and because its
the last for the year its basically a xmas dinner. At our table were
Johnny Famechon with his wife Glenis, David Oved with his wife Elen.
an old fighter Freddy Camilleri, long boxing assoc John Hare Henry
and Leon Nissen, Peter Reid, Roy Edwards, Phil and Mr Lewenburg,
Chatting with Leo Young was a good axperience as alway, he just
loves being a gentleman he always is. Tommy Sloan and YV's very
first opponent Bernie Osborn and many more.
Past & Present Boxers Association
12th September 2010
12/9/2010 by Young Victor
A small but nice crowd attended the PPBA
reunion at the Preston RSL.
YVB praise Johnny Famechon a true champion and
his wife Glenise for the massive effort they make to always attend
and are there for all attendees.
PPBA reunion highlight
by YVB 20th
Yesterday 20th June was
the day for the PPBA
reunion and present was
Ben and Coz Brizzi.
Brizzi's have been
staunch supporters of
Amateur boxing for as
long as anyone
by Young Victor
2010 on YVB's reports
The first for 2010 Past
and Present Boxers Association reunion
took place at the Darebin RSL a clean
and tidy place where the catering is
The highlight of the day
was Frank Ropis being given back a lost
and found belt, this was handed back to
him by Mario Magris on behalf of the
At the YVB table David
Oved with wife Ellen, Leon with Irene
and Henry Nissan, Jimmy Bell and Roy
Edwards with a friend.
A busy connection took
place when a group of old pugs got
together and exchanged fight memories.
They were Fred Camilleri, Pasquale
Cursio and Young Victor of YVB.
Frank Maher, the
secretary of the Australian Boxing Hall
of Fame. Jewel legend Johnny Famechon
with his wife the lovely Glenise.
There were a lot of
interesting old fighters not mentioned
here and will be written about in the
next newsletter from the PPBA.
Below is some of Young Victor's old writings etc.
before the PPBA made their own website
and Present Boxers Association - PPBA
join PPBA contact Mario Magris 03
included is a "News
Letter" keeping everyone informed monthly.
: Bobby Liddle. - VICE PRESIDENTS :
Alan Fagan, David Magris. - SECRETARY : Mario Magris - TREASURER : Mal
YVB at the Past
and Present Boxers Association.
"For further details
call Mario Magris 80870016"
The Past & Present
Boxers Association of Victoria was founded in 1939 by George Harrod,
ring name Young Knuckler. (then club)
The PPBA only meet 4
times a year. Officials and members can send NEWS to be included on this
site at any time.
To all Fighters and Trainers along with their families.
Victor encourages all members with any news about themselves to share it
with others on this website.
are welcome to join us at the PPBA. fees are just $15/annum and entitles
you to a "News Letter" each month. &
Contact Mario Magris (secretary) Tel. (61) 03 9338 8225
Fighters and Trainers
along with their families should join in and
enjoy some of the yarns.
encourages all members with any news about themselves
to share it with others on this website. ( send
a photo with a story )
at Footscray Football Club - 9th Sept 2007
PPBA 9th. September 2007 - Past and Present Boxers Reunion was another
Yesterday 9th. September another
reunion organized by the usual suspects Mario Magris and
Bobby Liddle along with their committee took place at the
Amongst the veterans was Sam Soliman
with his lovely wife Maria, Sam has returned to Australia
whilst waiting for the next move by the Contender Fight
Reality Elimination Tournament in which he is included.
Many old time fighters like Jimmy
Hill were there and a great time was experienced by
everyone as shown on the video right here on
YVB.......Click to see
Victor had a good chat with friend
he didn't know he had in Gerry Ward along with Len Ermil
and Manny Benson. Barry Michael with his lovely wife Sue
was also there but left before the video was taken.
should see how many past and present fighters
you recognize (YV
promises to improve on this by alerting
everyone about the videoing earlier)
at Footscray Football Club - 4th June 2007
This like most reunions was as nice as all the
others. YV with Lynette sat at the table with lovely people, the Nissens
both Irene and Leon, George Bracken with his wife Queenie, David Oved with
his wife Ellen. Many more attended and was quite good. YV had a day off
and didn't open his camera.
at Footscray Football Club - 4th Mar 2007
Waiting for pics to arrive, this time from Werner
at Footscray Football Club - 24th Nov 2006
"What a boomer of a reunion this
video hopefully captured most if
not all people that attended this function.
You will notice a lot of people were browsing through Mario Magriss's
newly published "The Encyclopedia of Australian Boxers" YV thinks this was
a magnificently layed out book especially considering the coverage.
There may be a few boxers missing which, I am sure will be covered in a
later issue of which I am sure will happen.
Despite the above said I must warn you that you should go and order a
copy quickly as this one without questioning is a "must have" for any
boxing enthusiast. (more will be covered on the book in YVB soon)
This video of the last reunion which happens to be the Xmas one, held at
the Footscray Football Club function room (now Western Bulldogs) shows how
successful they are run.
All credit must firstly go to
Mario Magriss as he was the one to
initiate it by advertising a meeting at a pub somewhere and was surprised
by how many turned up. By this he resurrected the old PPBA and it became
what it is today. Of course there are others now mainly on the committee
which must be doing a great job in running a great Victorian Association.
In the video you firstly see
David Oved and Bryan Membrey, after
that a few in attendance were, Julian Holland, Bobby Liddle, Bobby
Daldy, Jack Rennie, Arty Scott, Kerry Palmer, Keith Hargraves, Mario
Magriss, Hank Stanley, Fred Camilleri, Ross Colosimo, Paul Ferreri, Sam
Soliman, Les Dunn, (jokingly hiding his face as I had not yet seen him
since 1963 when we last sparred in preparation for my last fight with my
right hand tied to my neck) I shortly discovered that he was present as an
award was presented to him by Mario for getting looked after while
sparring in Laurie Schwind's gym. I could not lay claim to this award as
my right hand was also tied to my neck while sparring Mario. This was to
lessen my overuse of my right hand.
There was Peter Read, Johnny Famechon, Howard Leigh, Kevin Glover, Nick Farrelly, Sam,
me Sam) there was Damian Membrey somehow he was missing while the
movie cam was running and many others not mentioned "sorry Damian".
by Young Victor.
at Footscray Football Club - 27th August 2006
lightweight champion of the late 50's and early 60's George Bracken seen
here with a former foe David Oved a champion in his own right and YV.
Bracken as most Melbourne fans knew him was the biggest draw-card of those
times in Australia. He filled Melbourne Stadium and sold an extra 1000
tickets for people to watch by closed circuit tv (black and white) in the
under building of the stadium later used as Ambrose Palmer's gym.
out Johnny Van Rensburg former Commonwealth (British Empire) Welterweight
Title holder until beaten by another Aussie George Barnes 12 months
us to his lovely home for afters and we spent the rest of the evening
going over photos of his memorabilia of fights in England, Australia, New
York and a lot taken with other world famous boxers and trainers and big
time boxing gyms with world famous characters.
YV seen here with Jack Renee former World champion Lionel Rose's trainer/manager.
I (YV) never forget his first line when meeting him after 42 years at
Harry Ivory's funeral
the first thing he said was "one punch and you're out"
Moments before this picture was taken
with Victor's wife Lyn, Sam Soliman was preparing for a cheek to cheek
pose for this photo.
Young Victor (the camera man) made
sure that Sam kept his distance by promptly chasing him around the table
but Sam settled down and was pleased for a cuddle pose instead.
Below: Leon Nissen and his wife Irene seen on either side.
Vic and Lyn had a lunch outing and
spent a great afternoon with the Nissens at Crown Casino two weeks
Bonanza of photos - of Friendly Boxing Community
at Footscray Football Club - December 4 2005
Kalin with Nissens, Henry left and Leon right
Christmas of 2005 was a great success with so many friends and champions
all in one place having a great time.
the mic are -from left- Bobby Liddle, Barry Michael, Mario Magris and Hank Stanley.
below to see most people in attendance with a bonanza of pics taken by
the right is YV's nemeses Ross Colosimo with Johnny Ellul, (Johnny Ell) unfortunately
my memory fails me as to the other name but all are nice people at these
A huge amount of
photos will be added here in the next 48 hrs.
You may be in one or
more of them
here for ones that have been added
at Footscray Football Club - September 11 2005
Coates genuinely hugs Young Victor with passion only they can understand.
God steers us and does it in a way which is difficult to understand. My
respect for Snowy Coates is unparalleled.
Young Victor his first punch in Boxing.
1 Kevin Glover,
Snowy Coates & YV - 2 Georgie Bracken & YV - 3 Clive Robinson,
Johnny Wheeler, George Bracken & YV - 4 George & YV - 5 Sid Ellis
& YV - 6 Mario Magriss, Frank Flannery & Hank Stanley - 7 Hank
Stanley Johnny Wheeler & Mario Magriss - 8 Chris Anderson, YV &
Victor had the pleasure of meeting his idol in boxing George Bracken for
the very first time.
was genuinely too shy to approach George in the dressing room areas during
fightnights at West Melbourne Stadium.
was the greatest contributor to charities especially where children
were concerned and is still doing it up to this very day.
at Footscray Football Club - June 19 2005
bonanza of pictures are shown here.
interim world champion Sam Soliman made the day with his presence
and his friendliness.
We thought to
give you a thousand stories by means of nice photos of most of the members
and visitors present.
Click below to
Reunion of the 19th June 2005
at Footscray Football Club - Mar 18 2005
regret Young Victor informs that he was unable to attend due to a flu
sickness and if anybody can contact him with any news that took place on
this day to place on our website he would very much appreciate you
everyone until next Reunion
Victor thanks Werner (kid) Kalin for offering photos from this reunion to
show in YVB.
"BUT" we have photos by Werner (KID) Kalin
Here is a bonanza of photos of visitors with legends
at Footscray Football Club XMAS
- Dec 5
Reunion at Footscray Football Club was a great success and one that
should not have been missed by anyone.
The Girls get front page coverage ! from left
Merle Read, Irene Nissen and Lynette.
Membrey here wishing all of us on our table a happy Xmas
he was just later accompanied by Damian his beloved son and
unfortunately Lyn didn't notice to retake the photo.
professional Boxing Record.
from the Reunion.
Liddle, Young Victor, Mario Magris
note that if it wasn't for these veterans the PPBA may have
remained in limbo.
professional boxing records:
Read - Australian champion, won in Nov.13 1959, unlucky not to
have gained the empire title as he had a UD decision on next
champion Tuna Scanlon in his last fight.
here for Peter's boxing record 1959/62 defended it twice
and retired holding it.
Read with wife Merle, Leon Nissen also with his wife Irene.
was reminded by me about how clean cut a boxer he was and the
first thing he reminded me was that I fought on his card at
least once, upon checking when I got back home I did find two
4 rounders on the night he fought Tony Dupas, I ko'd Hurtle
Atkinson and again on another card with Jack Walsh when I lost
on points after ko'ing Johnny Preece.
career stopped abruptly due to an eye injury.
cost was higher than just boxing as he was rather model
material in looks.
I am sorry this part was not
filled in....I apologise to the people in it this will be done
This is becoming hard work hehe
Nissen joined and as usual put a smile on us all, the
happy faces prove the good time had by all in this shot.
a person very well known for his work for the homeless.
champion 1970 and British Empire champion in 1971/74
here for Henry's record.
Nissan in the middle always with a smile and what is noticeable here is
that Young Victor was a featherweight, here he looks a division
up on Peter Read.
In those days Peter was
middleweight champ. I knew that one day I would catch up.
Werner (KID) Kalin more photos have been added Find
your photo here
at Footscray Football Club -Sep 12 2004
Victor with legend
Right Young Victor
with Mick Croucher President
WBF and Johnny Wheeler.
photos were taken with a pc cam but apparently the flash was not set up to
work, I brightened them as much as possible. better photos will be handed
to me when we go to the next reunion about 20th. Dec.
met Barry Michael and his wife Sue
in the background above) in
person for the first time and photos were taken, they will be added here
when made available. Apart from his ability in boxing Barry has a
personality to match.
Barry Michael in his heyday, I only got to know Barry during the
previous PPBA reunion.
group.. Mick Croucher, Nick Farrelly, Bobby Liddle, YV and Kevin
Ferreri and another groupie.. hmm?, Johnny Wheeler, Bobby Liddle and YV
please note that the fang is a chewy.
Croucher has a son called Nathan who also kept the family tradition of a
long line of boxers but had to retire before his time.
Ivory Passes away - August Mon.
Fri. 20 2004 my wife Lynette and I attended the funeral of the well remembered Henry J.
Ivory better known as Harry Ivory legend trainer of hundreds and
hundreds of young Australian boxers along with capable boxers like Bobby Liddle. He
was extremely well known everywhere especially at the Brunswick baths
water aerobics in the pool.
of mourners were present paying their respects in a very well organized
service at Joyce Chapel in the Fawkner Cemetery - You had to be there
to see how respected and loved this man was, little did I know that after
meeting him at the reunion at the Footscray RSL (since 43 years before)
and having photographs with him, this tragedy was about to happen. Harry
will be remembered endlessly by everybody. May he Rest In Peace.
Harry Ivory's Funeral - August Mon.
16 2004 with
Johnny Wheeler I walked up to legend trainer Jack Rennie (at least 42
years since last met) I said to him I am Young Victor he shook my hand,
smiled and said
punch and You're Out" What a
memory, its obvious why success comes to people that know their business,
after all Jack did give us Lionel Rose and more.
Rennie knows his business.
at Footscray RSL - Jun 20 2004
(click to enlarge)
Famechon, Young Victor, wife Lynette, Frank Flannery, Harry Ivory, Kevin Glover, John
Stanley and other name yet to be found out,
apologies to the person unknown to me. Photos kindly taken with no
charge by Art Scott.
Mario Magris was organizing all comers.
Kevin Glover a very capable boxer late 50's/early 60's was the first
person I met who greeted me so well whom I thank very much for pointing out
who everyone was.
names I remember were ( I will be adding to this list as I remember) Mal
Ivory, Henry Nissan, Jack Kriss, Johnny Famechon, Bobby Bath, Frank
Flannery, and some trainers Harry Ivory, Snowy Coates, and many more.
few of the pictures taken displayed.
Scott is the man that makes these days so great taking photographs and
then passing them to individuals during the following reunion, this makes
it so nice and memorable he is a very nice gentleman and we will have his
photo here next time.
Aldo Pravisani passes
away in Trieste Italy
May 13 2004
Aldo Pravisani Passes away: 13th May 2004, in Trieste Italy not
quite 74. I have been informed this today about the loss of this great
boxing wizard by Luciano Coceano who knew him personally as well. Lynette
and I offer our condolences to his family.
I married my wife Lynette on her 17th. birthday at St Mary's church West
Melbourne and my wedding reception was held at Aldo's Coffee lounge "Don
Camillo" upstairs reception area at Victoria Street West Melbourne, just
around the corner from the church.
I remember sparring with Aldo quite a few times at Ambrose Palmer's gym
(gentleman in the ring and out).
Victor and Lynette have great memories of Aldo when in Australia between
the years of 1959 and 1960.
Y V's first Reunion with
Mario Magris and Bobby Liddle
at Mario Magris - April 28 2004
fitting maccaroni with Italian sauce dinner from an invite through Bobby
Liddle at Mario Magris's house, was the order
of the day 28-4-2004. (my first meeting with these nice dedicated old
was promptly reminded of sparring with both at Snowy Sullivan's gym where I
Brougham Str. North Melbourne.
remembered Bobby Liddle's but I had to look at a photo of Mario's sparring
Lionel Rose when my
memory was jogged (how could I
forget his face "good looking youngster")
was delighted finding out that the Past and Present Boxers Association was
picked back up and maintained by them and others I'm yet to meet up with.
sincerely thank Mario and Bobby for taking the time and making the effort
to welcome me and bring back all the nice memories of fighters we
discussed like Les Dunn, Les Mclean, Cec Rogers, George Beris, George
Bracken, Aldo Pravisani, Johnny Butterworth, Johnny Famechon, Lionel Rose,
Max Carlos, Johnny Wheeler and
- March 31 2004
Liddle (President of the Past and Present Boxers Association) while
searching for one of my greatest favourite boxers
my website and sent me a message from here which made my day.
have been trying to locate other boxers from my boxing days
(1958 - 1963) for years. He invited me to their next
meeting to finally get with these old timers, I have been looking forward
to this and hope they remember me, its been 41 years since my last fight
and not seen them since.
IS WHAT MADE YV TURN HIS PRIVATE WEBSITE TO A BOXING WEBSITE