He was Patron of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service from its very beginnings. Lionel Rose is a well known Boxer. Contemporary sources painted him as ‘the greatest KO puncher in boxing’, while 'The Ring' magazine called him ‘the best hitter in the history of the bantamweight division’, analyses which are borne out by the fact he would end finish his career with 69 knockouts. As director, he was the most senior public servant in the region at the time allowing him to select his own staff and live at The Residency, the Government House of Central Australia. He’d also beaten featherweights, showing how strong he was when packed into an 118lbs frame. Rose was a phenom but his first few years in the pro ranks were not without failures. Lulling him into a false sense of security, the southpaw struck early, changing direction quickly and dropping Rose with a left cross. He decided to become professional and his meteoric rise began. Happy with his performance and angling for a fight with Rose that looked likely to happen, he nonetheless had one gripe. But then Mexican devastator Jesus Pimentel turned down what he perceived as unfavourable contract terms to travel east and Rose was given the opportunity to fight for the undisputed bantamweight championship of the world. Rose had already beaten Singtong and Perez, but his inability to beat them every time would force him into more learning fights, and his lack of stopping power was apparent. Whilst the fans in the arena made their thoughts about Rose’s victory very clear, of the 12 newspapers in Mexico City, only one felt Castillo deserved to bring the title back to them. He was the fifth child of Herbert John Rose, a member of the Anglican clergy, and John's spouse Harriett Ethel (née Priddle) Rose. The press agreed, with 'The Pacific Stars and Stripes' noting how the master pressure fighter had been made to look one-dimensional by the young Australian’s boxing ability: "Harada tried vainly to corner and crush the slippery, left-handed speedster whose traunting skill was taking his title away No-use. Castillo would get another shot at the world title, but it wouldn’t be against Rose. 1. His dad thrived on his ability to fight. Rose noted in his biography 'Lionel Rose: Australian, The Life Story of a Champion' that he lamented this popularity somewhat as he realised that he had been shunned by Anglo-Australians for his low class roots as well as the colour of his skin. Cattle from unaffected areas in the far north and the Barkly Tableland would be driven into Alice Springs where they would be kept in separate yards. After prevailing in his domestic super-fight with Rocky Gattellari, young Lionel Rose had become a bona fide local attraction. The Italian-born Gattellari had made the 1960 Olympic team, and in the run up to his dust up with Rose had been successful against many of the same names Rose had on his ledger, suffering but a single loss to flyweight kingpin Salvatore Burruni, a class of man Rose had yet to come across. After his father's death, Lionel worked several jobs, before staying to work as a welder at a company in Drouin. He was born in the Australian province of Victoria, where he shared a home with dad, Roy Rose and his mum Regina. This time the other Mexican prospect who had supported Rose’s American bow with Medel would get his shot. They were certain their man had won. Eventually, Frank was offered the use of an empty hostel once occupied by staff of the railway refreshment room. In February 1968 came a fight destined to enter the history books as one of the greatest moments in Australian sport.
Castillo liked the applause, but he didn’t enjoy the mauling he took from his admirers during the wild ring scene when the fans broke through to hoist him high amidst the cheers of what sounded like all of Mexico. Those who failed to last until the final bell without being off their feet included Jesus Pimentel, Toluco Lopez, Dwight Hawkins, former world flyweight champ Walter McGowan, Mitsunori Seki, and the legend himself 'Fighting' Harada, who found out the hard way that rushing Medel was the wrong thing to do when he was razed in six. This article was originally published on boxingmonthly.com and was edited by Luke G.Williams. This biography of Anthony Mundine provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline The two pugilists would be stand-in avatars for the rivalry between the two cities, and their ethnic backgrounds meant nothing once they were in the ring, the fans willing them on all the way. In 1963, at age 15, Lionel won the national Australian Flyweight Title. These were the first of numerous honours he would receive in his lifetime, which included an induction into the World Boxing Hall Of Fame, WBC Hall of Fame, a Deadly Award for a Lifetime Achievement in Sport, a specially created postage stamp of his gloves, a TV mini series based on his life, a documentary and a statue erected in his honour in his home town of Warragul. He was able to move well for 15 rounds, jab with arguably the best jabber in the history of the division, out-punch one of the nastiest pressure fighters of the era and - despite his lack of dig - sit the champion down briefly with an accurate right-hand counter in the ninth round. After divorcing Blaxland in 1950 Rose later married divorcee Nell Hooper, but she died shortly after, on 1 January 1951 in Alice Springs. Rose won a close unanimous decision, the scorecards perhaps influenced by the defending champion fighting on home turf. Eventually the big bad would get Rose, but he’d already done enough to prove himself immortal as bantamweights go.  He returned to Australia on the HMT Morea in October 1919. Once in Adelaide, suspect cattle were slaughtered and disease-free cattle sold on the open market. What followed was perhaps the most spectacular showing of pure boxing ever captured on film in the bantamweight division. He won the Australian Bantamweight Title from Noel Kunde in 1966 and defended it against Rocky Gatellari in Sydney in late 1967. Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Rose was not just the man of the hour, but ‘The Australian of the Year’, the first Aborigine to receive the award. A cut on Gattellari’s cheek seemed like it might end the fight early, but he doggedly persevered, pressuring Rose and trying to wear him out in close. Brazilian danger man Waldemiro Pinto had suffered just one loss in 56 fights, but Castillo dismissed him inside of two rounds. He graduated in 1923 and was awarded the W.L. He designed the Fort Hill yards in Darwin, and upon opening in 1957, Darwin became the major port for the export of live cattle. Castillo demanded a rematch.
There were two younger Mexicans closer to their primes on the undercard that both won in devastating fashion, and veteran fight promoter George Parnassus hoped to match them up with the champion. He not only gave this country one of its most inspiring modern stories of triumph against the odds, he deservedly earned himself the title of 'Australian Hero'. Trying to find a top-notch fighting cock that Medel didn’t face in his near 20-year career is tough enough - trying to find one he didn’t knock silly is just as difficult. It was a blockbuster bantamweight match-up between two red-hot fighters who had endeared themselves to a fervent crowd. Trade resumed in 1958. Rose would never win a title again.
The split decision rendered in favour of the defending champ would be the last world title fight Rose won in Japan, although he would return years later, fighting for a world strap three weights north of bantam. In testament to the enduring affection Australians felt for Lionel, a state funeral was held upon his death in May 2011. Here’s a look at a boxer in his prime from1968 to ’69. Lionel Rose was one of the greats of Australian sport and the lead character in a story that is the stuff of legend. Organised boxing was nowhere near Rose's life as a child, with big fights and professional shows only being in the big cities.  He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1978 and awarded the Gilruth Prize for Meritorious Service to Veterinary Science in 1961.
However this bout saw them both fighting for their adopted hometowns, backed by gamblers and vocal supporters from Melbourne (backing Rose) and Sydney (backing Gattellari).
When Lionel was growing up he studied his father who was also a boxer. He and Lionel established a permanent gym for training. , Rose married Helen Blaxland at All Saints Church in Woollahra in Sydney on 27 March 1925. During the speeches at a Royal luncheon at the Stuart Arms Hotel in Alice Springs, the then Administrator, The Honourable Frank Wise politely tapped his glass with a spoon. Acknowledging beforehand that he could not afford to make any mistakes against the veteran sniper, Rose was caught by a lightning left-right combo that had him down in the seventh. “But I thought that Lionel won from sheer aggressiveness”. In a classic clash of styles, Rose shifted his way around the ring, popping out his jab and trying his best to evade the strong bull rushing of Gattellari. Growing up in a poor Aborigine settlement south of Melbourne, Rose was the eldest of nine siblings crammed into a one room tin hut. As an Italian immigrant Gattellari had - like Rose - faced the boo boys in his youth and in his early days as a professional boxer and found it hard to be accepted by the Aussie fans. It was Rose’s fight.". The typically fabulous Forum was turned into a war zone. His father had been fined and even briefly imprisoned for his son's truancy.
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