The Hornet

Jeff Horn with Grantlee Kieza

Jeff Horn took up boxing after being tormented as a teenager. Twelve years later on 2 July 2017, the humble schoolteacher became a world boxing champion at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium when he defeated one of the greatest boxers of all time, Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao. The fight, which drew a record crowd of more than 50,000 to the stadium and a global audience of hundreds of millions, was one of the most incredible upsets in Australian sporting history.

In the months after that monumental victory, Horn experienced the ultimate in joys and heartbreak. He and wife Jo became proud parents of their daughter Isabelle, he lost his world championship in a brutal battle with American Terence Crawford in Las Vegas and then scored a devastating first-round knockout of Anthony Mundine in one of the most talked-about Australian sporting events of 2018.

In this fully updated edition of The Hornet, Jeff Horn’s message is simple: never give up on your dreams because amazing things can happen. Anything is possible. Anything.

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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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