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The Australian Boxing Hall of Fame inducted Hungarian born and former world heavyweight contender Joe Bugner (69-13-1, 41 KOs) at the Crown Casino, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Bugner clashed with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ron Lyle, Jimmy Ellis, Henry Cooper, Ernie Shavers before moving to Australia in 1985 and defeating James Tillis, David Bey and Greg Page. Bugner was adopted by Australia and is affectionally known as “Aussie Joe” by Australians. He currently resides on Queenslands Gold Coast.
Also inducted was former IBF 130 pound champion Robbie “Bomber” Peden (25-4, 14 KOs) who captured the world championship in 2005 by eight round stoppage of Nate Campbell. Peden lost the championship to the great Mexican, Marco Antonio Barrera.. Peden turned professional in the USA where he had most of his fights including wins over Lamont Pearson, Hector Velazquez, Sergio Perez And also battled another great Mexican, Juan Manuel Marquez. Robbie represented Australia at 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
Other inductees Wally Taylor (21-5-1, 6 KOs) who was won the Gold Medal in the Featherweight division at the 1958 Cardiff British Empire Games and became a world rated professional defeating Aub Copeland and Jimmy Carruthers and holding highly regarded American Don Johnson to a twelve round draw.
Former Australian featherweight, lightweight and welterweight champion Frank Thorn who boxed from 1904 to 1930 having 109 contests. Thorn was born in South Australia but lived in Brisbane, Queensland during his boxing career
Heavyweight Peter Felix who was born In the West Indian Island of St Croix on July 17, 1866 . He started his boxing career in Australia in 1894 Felix captured the Australian heavyweight title with a seven round KO of Bill Doherty. Felix had his last fight at the age of 48 years with a record of 24 wins, 19 losses and 7 draws.
Former world featherweight champion Johnny Famechon who captured the championship by outscoring the Cuban Flash , Jose Legra over fifteen rounds in London and defended successfully with a fifteen round decision win over the great Japanese warrior Fighting Harada in Sydney and in a rematch in Tokyo stopped Harada in fourteen savagely fought rounds. Famechon lost the championship by fifteen round decision to Vincente Saldivar.
Fightnews International Editor Ray Wheatley was also inducted for 49 years services to boxing. Wheatley started boxing in 1963 and later as a professional where he had 25 fights and then worked as a trainer, promoter, referee and judge also publisher of boxing magazines for 20 years and currently on the Board of Directors with the IBF/USBA since 2000.