Almanac Sports History: The greatest fight ever

You may not have heard of this epic and brutal match up between two convicts in what is now Queensland, but Harold Peacock gives an account of why you might want to remember them some 175 years on.

‘The local boxer who reached the top…’ by KB Hill

For a change of pace, KB Hill recounts the feats of 1930s boxer Cliff Bowen.

Almanac Pugilism: The Muse is musing on boxing and boxing tents

The Muse has just read a book about Jimmy Sharman’s boxing tents and is reminded of great days of boxing at the Wycheproof Show and in the Police Boys Clubs.

Almanac Life: How Johnny Famechon Saved Me

Last week’s passing of boxing legend and World Featherweight Champion Johnny Famechon reminds Peter Baulderstone of lessons learned watching Fammo and how they saved him from a delicate situation in high school.

Almanac Boxing: Famechon – A Time and a Place.

Johnny Famechon, Australian boxing world champion has died aged 77. Dips O’Donnell remembers ‘Fammo’ in this fine tribute to him.

Almanac History: Two football anniversaries – Pompey and the Socceroos

Historian Roy Hay reminds readers of two significant football anniversaries coming up this year featuring Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin, and Australia’s first international soccer match.

Almanac Boxing: Bigger than big – The Fighting Fury

There will never be another Muhammad Ali – but are we seeing the next best thing in Tyson Fury, writes Ron Reed.

Almanac Boxing: Thommo’s gym

Deakin student Paris Emini was the only girl in Thommo’s gym. She remembers her life as a young boxer.

Almanac Boxing: “Real” Boxing

Greg A casts his eye far and wide to find some “real” boxing. And, from Las Vegas, Naoye Inoue does not disappoint.

Almanac Boxing: Vale ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler

One of the best boxers of all time, Marvin Hagler, has passed away at the age of 66. Greg Andrew is an aficionado of the sweet science and considers ‘Marvelous’ Marvin his favourite pugilist. Here is his tribute.

Almanac Boxing – Alvarez: The red-headed Mexican pound-for-pound king

Greg Andrew reveals just what makes the Mexican boxing phenomenon Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez so special, as arguably the world’s best boxer.

Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback?

In the lead-up to the US Masters which starts tonight, we revisit Peter Baulderstone’s reflection on Tiger Woods’ win at the 2019 US Masters and how he has risen from the ashes of personal and physical betrayals. He tries to rank where it fits with the great comeback stories of Ali, Seles, Laver, Bradman, Hogan and Watson. (Simply brilliant! – Ed.)

‘Danny recalls the night he clinched the belt….’ by KB Hill

KB Hill tells the tale of Danny Carey, a likeable larrikin of a lad whose many sporting talents weren’t always fulfilled. He was, however, the Heavyweight Champion of the Riverina at one stage.

Almanac Book Review – ‘On the Chin: A Boxing Education’ by Alex McClintock

Boxing, ‘the sweet science’, polarises the general population and sports lovers equally. Luke Stegemann reviews a new release, Alex McClintock’s “On the Chin: A Boxing Education” which approaches the sport from a different angle.

Blues in Echuca

From blues music to bare knuckle boxing (and a little mention of footy), Glen! takes us through some history of Echuca and surrounds.

Australia’s Role in the making of Jack Johnson – opinion piece in the ABC by Daryl Adair

Daryl Adair has written a piece on the boxing champion Jack Johnson and how Australia influenced his career

Book Extract – “As the Twig is Bent” by Norman Weaver. Part 1: Footy and Nine Ounce Gloves

Brett Weaver has been kind enough to share this from his father’s recently released book, “As the Twig is Bent” on childhood and adolescence in post-war country Victoria. This is an absolute cracker, Almanackers – do yourself a favour

The Boxing Journey Of Willie Perez by KB Hill

KB Hill introduces us to Willie Perez, who commenced his boxing career in Madrid as a teenager, rising up the ranks before eventually settling in Wangaratta.

Almanac Boxing: School teacher to champion

The Battle of Brisbane was a real fight. Horn is world champion. Australian boxing has a new face.

Almanac Boxing (and Gangster Life): The story of Ted Whiting

Who was Ted Whiting? And why would John Harms run into his rich story? Read historian Michael Shelford’s piece about Ted Whiting (originally published in The Guardian in 2013).