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Jack Carroll

and the rise of Australian boxing

by Paul Cupitt

Jack Carroll was the greatest drawcard in the history of Australian boxing. During a 16 year career, Carroll was the Australian welterweight champion, the uncrowned Australian middleweight champion and a top contender for the world welterweight title in the 1930s, however, he is rarely mentioned among Australia’s greatest ever boxers.

Jack Carroll and The Rise of Australian Boxing recounts Carroll’s boxing career, from his days as a preliminary fighter to his struggle to secure recognition as Australia’s leading boxer, to his record-breaking contests with top contenders Bep van Klaveren, Jimmy Leto, Izzy Jannazzo, Wesley Ramey, Jack Portney, Willard Brown and Tod Morgan.

Also featured is the golden period of Australian middleweight boxing that brought Australian boxing back to popularity. Jack Carroll’s contests with Australian middleweight champion Fred Henneberry and the great Aboriginal boxer Ron Richards were among the biggest fights in Australian boxing history. The story of the heated ten-fight rivalry between Fred Henneberry and Ron Richards as well as the savage trilogy between Jack Haines and Ambrose Palmer are told in detail for the first time in this book.

With detailed fight descriptions, extensive career biographies of many of Australia’s forgotten boxing stars and rare interviews sourced from newspapers, Jack Carroll and the rise of Australian boxing is a must-read for fans of Australian sport.

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