By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former three time world jnr middleweight challenger Troy Waters will be inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall Of Fame on October 10th at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Waters had Terry Norris on the canvas in a 1993 WBC 154 pound challenge before losing on cuts in round three in a bout that was named Ring Magazine’s Round of The Year. Waters also unsuccessfully challenged Gianfranco Rossi in 1989 for the IBF jr middleweight crown in Saint Vincent Italy (with this writer in his corner) losing a decision. He pushed Simon Brown to a majority decision ( one judge scoring a draw) in WBC title attempt in 1994. Waters began his professional career in 1984 and retired in 1998 with a record of 28 wins and five losses scoring 20 knockouts.
Former Commonwealth flyweight champion Henry Nissen will also be inducted in the Modern section. Nissen won the Commonwealth title by defeating John McCluskey by TKO8 in 1971. Nissen scored 16 wins with only two losses to Big Jim West.
In the Veteran section former Australian middleweight and light heavyweight champion Clive Stewart (64-13-2, 44KO’s) and former bantamweight and featherweight champion Bobby Sinn (38-18-4,22KO’s) will also be inducted. Stewart defeated world rated George Barnes, and Americans Tiger Al Williams also Jimmy Martinez. Willie Vaughn of the USA defeated Stewart. Future world rated Bob Dunlop lost twice to Stewart. Sinn held the Australian bantamweight and featherweight titles and gave world bantamweight champion Jimmy Carruthers a tough bout losing via twelve round decision in a non title bout.
Australian great Les Darcy who held a version of the world middleweight crown has been elevated to Legend status of the new section. International inductee is former world heavyweight champion Tommy Burns of Canada who lost his crown to the great Jack Johnson at Sydney Stadium, Sydney, Australia in 1908.
In the Non – Particpant section current NSW Boxing Authority member and long time administrator John McDougall also boxing writer William Lawless will be inducted. In the Old Timer section Dave Smith and Hughie Meeghan will be inducted. Australian Boxing Hall Of Fame President Brett McCormick said. ” We are proud to announce the 2009 inductees and look forward to having a great night on October 10th at the Melbourne Cricket ground.”