Bracken George Bracken - was my favourite
boxer I just loved his flashy flurry of combination punches which he so
expertly put together at the peak of his career. George was a shock
puncher and he could stop a boxer with one punch, he was loved by
everyone to say the least for his charitable efforts for children
and his great boxing ability. ( I loved his skill he was
Boxing's tradesman )
Video...... Bracken vs Carlos
Max Carlos Max
Carlos - was a clean boxer with very good
defensive ability typically of Ambrose Palmer's boys. Gathering
points mainly with left jabs, very much like Johnny Famechon, but
Johnny had a bit more potency behind his punches. People with good
memories and old enough would remember the torrid fights he had with
George Bracken which seemed to shorten his career. Maxie did have a
frequent problem with cut eyes.
Butterworth - Ex British National Champion - beat George
Bracken over an exciting 12 rounds at Festival Hall in a non title
fight but lost by tko in the 11th of a 15 round Australian title
fight. ( he was rather well past his prime and his legs could not
carry him over the distance)
Video ...... Butterworth vs Bracken
- Now a very good friend of Young Victor had started his early
fights in the USA and ventured to his homeland Israel and had 4
fights, he then fought in England, Scotland and Ireland before he
continued his career in Australia where he ended up fighting George
Bracken for the National Lightweight Title. Videos ......................... Oved vs Carlos
Oved vs Bracken
Video .............................Sands vs Carlos (white trunks).
Pravisani - A master of the art, Aldo
expertly harnessed his condition throughout his fights which enabled
him to fight well beyond his normal boxing life expectancy. He
fought well into his late 30's, He held the Australian lightweight
Taylor World rated
Australian featherweight champion
Read - Unlucky not to have gained the empire title as he had a
career stopped abruptly due to an eye injury, the cost was higher
than just boxing as he was rather model material in looks.
"Gym friends, Some are
previous opponents, and boxers I knew."
YV had exhibition
fight at Frankston Hotel 3 rounds and hundreds gym sparring with
Liddle - Now the President of the PPBA.
Frequently in the news about mining and other local issues and
activities in The Alice.
Sorry to say in a sparring session I Ko'd Les in Ambrose Palmer's
Gym as he wanted it rough, I basically had no choice, lucky for me I
was warned that he goes hard in the gym against anyone.
Magris - Now is the Secretary of the PPBA (Past & Present
Boxers Association) He is responsible for bringing this body
together from an advertisement for a reunion of boxers from the
past, they met in a pub - its been going ever since. Mario is famous
for Lionel Rose's first 2 professional fights its also said
that he went close to getting a decision in one of them, they were 8
I placed Johnny here because of my sparring while
preparing for a come-back in 1967 which did not eventuate.
Additions here are not part
of "Boxers of Our Time" 1958/63 & later 1967 but notable enough to be remembered because
of strong relationship to the author.
Aquilina This happens to be my youngest brother.
(occasionally he wants to fight me pftt...) Tony eventually trained
with Ambrose Palmer showing good promise but did not have the killer
instinct needed to push on in boxing.