By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former IBF, WBA, WBC 140 pound champion Kostya Tszyu (31-2, 25 KOs) will be inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall-Of-Fame at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Victoria on October 9. Tszyu captured the world amateur junior welterweight title in Sydney, Australia and would launch his professional career under the guidance of Bill Mordey and trainer Johnny Lewis in 1992.
Tszyu won the IBF junior welterweight crown in 1995 by stopping Jake Rodriguez in six rounds in Las Vegas.
Successful IBF defenses include those against Roger Mayweather, Hugo Pineda, Corey Johnson, Jan Bergman, Leonardo Mas before losing the championship to Vince Phillips by TKO 10 in Atlantic City.
In 1999 Tszyu became the WBC junior welterweight champion when he defeated Miguel Angel Gonzalez in a bout that is regarded as the Russian born Aussie’s best performance.
Defenses against Ahmed Santos and Julio Chavez followed before he captured the WBA crown by stopping Sharmba Mitchell in seven rounds in 2001.
Durable Otkay Urkal took Tszyu the distance in Conneticut in 2001. Zab Judah was bombed out in two rounds with the IBF title up for grabs in Las Vegas. In 2002 bouts both Ben Tackie and Sharmba Mitchell were defeated before meeting the tough as nails Englishman Ricky Hatton who chopped Tszyu down in eleven rounds in Manchester, England in 2005 to bring down the curtain on a fabulous career.
Tszyu today lives in Sydney, Australia but makes frequent trip to Moscow, Russia where he has extensive business interests. He is married to his childhood sweetheart Natasha and has three sons. Son Timophey currently holds the Australian Golden Gloves 140 pound title.
Also inducted is former Australian junior middleweight, middleweight and light heavyweight champion Wally Carr (58-38-9, 27 KOs) who began his professional career in 1972 and scored his best wins over Monty Betham, Johnny Layton, Al Korovou, but lost to future IBF super middleweight champion Chong Pal Park in Seoul Korea by a ten round decision and was stopped in five rounds by Doug Sam in his final ring appearance.
Australia’s best ever amateur Tony Madigan has also been inducted. Madigan boxed Cassius Clay also known as Muhammad Ali at the 1960 Rome Olympics dropping a decision and picking up the bronze medal. He had earlier defeated Lars Olof Norling of Norway and Gheorghe Negrea of Romania. Clay also defeated Madigan at the 1958 Chicago Golden Gloves.
Madigan who was based in the USA and captured the New York Golden Gloves in 1959.
Former Australian amateur and professional bantamweight champion Billy Males (11-3, 11 KOs) will be inducted also in the non-participant section. Billy won the Australian bantamweight title by stopping Eddie Ellston in ten rounds in 1962 and in 1965 lost to future world featherweight champion Johnny Famechon.
Males became a referee and would be the third man in the ring in twenty world title bouts.
Former world flyweight challenger Rocky Gattellari (21-3-1, 12 KOs) will also be inducted. Gattellari was born in Calabria, Italy but later moved to Australia and represented Australia at the Rome 1960 Olympics. He turned professional and scored impressive wins over world rated flyweights Ray Perez on three occasions, Raton Mojica in 1965 but was stopped in thirteen rounds of the WBC flyweight title bout against Salvatore Burruni. In 1967 Lionel Rose also stopped Gattelari in thirteen rounds.
Today Gattellari is a successful mortgage broker.
Also inducted is Ernie McQuillan Jr. who was Australian boxing’s best fight photographer for thirty years. He also boxed successfully as a professional middleweight. His father, Ern McQuilland Sr. trained and managed over sixty national champions including Aussie greats Vic Patrick and Tony Mundine Sr.