By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jeff “Hit Man” Harding (23-2, 17 KOs) of Australia will be honored by the WBC at the Grange Gym Fox televised promotion featuring world-rated super middleweight Jamie Pittman (19-1, 8 KOs) vs Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs) of Ghana over twelve rounds at the Le Montage Reception Center in Lilyfield, NSW, Australia on April 8th. Harding was recently inducted into the WBC Hall of Fame.
He captured the WBC 175 pound title with a come from behind effort to stop Englishman Dennies Andries in twelve action packed rounds in Atlantic City in 1989.
Another Englishman, Tom Collins, was stopped in two rounds in Brisbane during a WBC title bout. Back in Atlantic City in 1990, Harding chopped down South American Nestor Giovanni in eleven rounds in a WBC title bout. Dennis Andries stopped the weight-drained Harding in seven rounds in Melbourne, Australia in 1990 to reclaim the title. In their third and final contest, Harding recaptured the championship with a majority twelve round decision over Andries in London, England in 1991.
Harding said, “All three fights with Dennis Andries were grueling encounters, but in my opinion the third fight in London was the toughest.”
Harding defended the WBC title in Marseilles, France stopping classy Christophe Tiozzo with a perfectly executed left hook to the jaw in round seven in 1992. American David Vedder was outscored over twelve in Marseilles, France in 1992.
Former 154 pound and 160 pound champion Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum became the WBC champion when he outscored Harding in twelve see-saw rounds in Bismark, North Dakota in 1994 in what would be the “Hit Man’s” final bout.
WBC representative Gus Mercurio will present the award on April 8th.