Les Darcy

LES DARCY

“THE MAITLAND WONDER”

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Les Darcy is considered by many to be Australia’s greatest ever pound for pound fighter, despite passing away at the age of 21. In a seven year boxing career, Darcy claimed the world middleweight championship, as recognised in Australia, in 1915 and defended his claim successfully nine times. Darcy defeated Jeff Smith, who had claimed the world championship after defeating Eddie McGoorty on Australian soil in 1914. McGoorty had previously defeated British Empire middleweight and heavyweight champion Dave Smith to establish the claim.

In addition to claiming the world middleweight championship, Darcy also held the Australian and British Empire middleweight titles, which he won in 1915, and the Australian heavyweight title, won in 1916, and held these titles until his death in 1917. Darcy has victories over former middleweight world champion George Chip, former middleweight title claimants Jeff King, Eddie McGoorty and Mick King and world rated contender Jimmy Clabby. Darcy defeated every man he ever faced in the ring.

After stowing away from Australia in 1916 at the height of World War I to chase big money fights overseas, Darcy died of pneumonia in 1917 while training for his American debut against former light heavyweight world champion Jack Dillon. The pneumonia was a side effect from a blood infection he contracted after having a tooth knocked out during a contest with Harold Hardwick in 1916. Darcy was labelled a draft dodger by the Australian press, who succeeded in turning the Australian public against their hero after he left the country and the reputation made it difficult for him to get a licence to fight in America. Despite the public outcry against Darcy after leaving Australia, the public mourned his death. Over 100,000 people viewed his body while it was on display in George street, Sydney before his body was transported to his hometown of Maitland, NSW.

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Notable Bouts

03-11-1913          Bob Whitelaw                    L20
For Australian welterweight title
05-01-1914          Jack Clarke                          TKO9
21-03-1914          Bob Whitelaw                    KO5
18-07-1914          Fritz Holland                       L20
12-09-1914          Fritz Holland                       LDQ18
07-11-1914          Gus Christie                        W20
26-12-1914          Fred Dyer                            W20
23-01-1915          Jeff Smith                            LDQ5
For Australian World middleweight title

13-03-1915          Fritz Holland                       W20
01-05-1915          Fritz Holland                       TKO13
22-05-1915          Jeff Smith                            DQ2
Wins Australian World middleweight title

12-06-1915          Mick King                             TKO10
Defends Australian World middleweight title
Wins Australian middleweight title
Wins British Empire middleweight title

31-07-1915          Eddie McGoorty               TKO15
Defends Australian World middleweight title

04-09-1915          Billy Murray                        W20
Defends Australian World middleweight title

09-10-1915          Fred Dyer                            TKO6
Defends Australian World middleweight title
Defends British Empire middleweight title

23-10-1915          Jimmy Clabby                    W20
Defends Australian World middleweight title

27-12-1915          Eddie McGoorty               TKO8
Defends Australian World middleweight title

15-01-1916          George Brown                  W20
19-02-1916          Harold Hardwick               TKO7
Wins Australian heavyweight title

25-03-1916          Les O’Donnell                    TKO7
Defends Australian heavyweight title

08-04-1916          George Brown                  W20
13-05-1916          Alex Costica                        TKO4
Defends Australian World middleweight title

03-06-1916          Buck Crouse                       TKO2
Defends Australian World middleweight title

24-06-1916          Dave Smith                         KO12
Defends Australian heavyweight title

16-08-1916          Dave Smith                         TKO11
Defends Australian heavyweight title

09-09-1916          Jimmy Clabby                    W20
Defends Australian World middleweight title

30-09-1916          George Chip                       KO9
Defends Australian World middleweight title

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