History | Oct 31 2019

On This Day: The birth of the tragic great Australian, Les Darcy

Paul Wheeler pays tribute to Les Darcy, a fighter who was ahead of his time
Les Darcy
Les Darcy

GENERALLY regarded as Australia’s best ever boxer, James Leslie Darcy’s inclusion in our list of the top 100 boxers in history is simply remarkable considering he fought professionally for less than seven years before tragically passing away at only 21 years of age. Nevertheless, his place among the all-time greats is without doubt warranted.

One of the finest middleweights ever to grace the sport, “The Maitland Wonder” contested all of his 50 pro fights Down Under. Although he never fought outside of his homeland, this was not for want of trying.

The precocious Aussie’s emergence coincided with that of World War I. With his family to provide for, Darcy naively decided to evade his country’s military draft in order to secure lucrative bouts in the USA.


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