Jim Haynes’ not-so-famous Aussie characters
Michael is joined each week by Aussie historian, author & entertainer Jim Haynes, for his unique knowledge of the not-so-famous characters from Australia’s history.
This week Jim shines the spotlight on Larry Foley – The Father of Aussie Boxing
Laurence ‘Larry’ Foley was born in 1849 near Bathurst and at fourteen he went to Wollongong as a servant to a priest and almost entered the priesthood himself, but changed his mind at seventeen, moved to Sydney and became a builder’s labourer.
He was a nearly undefeated Australian middleweight championship boxer and an exceptional boxing instructor, with his students including American champions Peter Jackson, and Tommy Burns, the incomparable English-born triple weight class champion Bob Fitzsimmons and Australian champion Mike Dooley.
Due to his success as a boxing champion and internationally acclaimed instructor, and for introducing his country to the modern Queensberry Rules, he is often referred to as the “Father of Australian Boxing”.
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