View Full Version : RIP Lionel Rose


Pastrano
05-09-2011, 09:40 AM
I guess none of you got the news. Lionel Rose, former undisputed bantamweight and the first Indigenous Australian world champion died yesterday, at the age of 62. He was known as a brawler, wasn't a puncher but certainly a battler. He became a champion by beating semi-legendary Fighting Harada in Japan on points. Small feat. He lost the title to legendary Ruben Olivares in his 4th defense, by KO5. Rest in peace Lionel.

BigStereotype
05-09-2011, 09:42 AM
I heard about that, but forgot to make the thread. Sad news, especially because he wasn't all that old.

Pastrano
05-09-2011, 09:53 AM
I heard about that, but forgot to make the thread. Sad news, especially because he wasn't all that old.

Yeah...I remember watching a tv series about his life, mini-series. He had alcohol problems after his career ended, but he cleaned up I seem to remember...at the end. Maybe he started again. Really sad, if thats the reason. He has a special place in history, being the first and only 100% Aborigin to become a world champion. And he knew he was gonna achieve that, at least according to the series.

Barn
05-09-2011, 10:26 AM
R.I.P to a very good fighter.

Strange how some die young, yet others like Basilio live very long lives.

Pastrano
05-09-2011, 11:04 AM
R.I.P to a very good fighter.

Strange how some die young, yet others like Basilio live very long lives.

But if anyone deserves to live long, it must be Basilio.:) He was some man, or is. Nobody had the guts to stand up to the mafia back then, nobody but he.:hail:

NChristo
05-09-2011, 11:07 AM
Heard about it on Saturday, what a **** week for boxing, first Henry and then Rose.

Wouldn't say he was a brawler, I always seen him as a counter puncher.

R.I.P Lionel, legend.

NChristo
05-09-2011, 11:10 AM
R.I.P to a very good fighter.

Strange how some die young, yet others like Basilio live very long lives.

Off topic, but does anyone know if Elmer Ray is still alive ?, BoxRec doesn't list him as passed and I can't find any newspaper clips saying anything, if so he'd be 99 this year.

Barn
05-09-2011, 11:13 AM
Off topic, but does anyone know if Elmer Ray is still alive ?, BoxRec doesn't list him as passed and I can't find any newspaper clips saying anything, if so he'd be 99 this year.
On wikipedia he's in the category "Possibly living people."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Possibly_living_people

Barn
05-09-2011, 11:15 AM
But if anyone deserves to live long, it must be Basilio.:) He was some man, or is. Nobody had the guts to stand up to the mafia back then, nobody but he.:hail:
My Favourite fighter along with Frazier and Hagler.

I suggest buying the book on him "The Onion Picker", very good read and supplies information on other boxers at the time.

Also he had some guts.

mickey malone
05-09-2011, 02:48 PM
R.I.P to Lionel Rose, thought he was older than that, very sad.

Pastrano
05-09-2011, 03:07 PM
R.I.P to Lionel Rose, thought he was older than that, very sad.

He would have turned 63 in June...:sad:

IronDanHamza
05-09-2011, 04:48 PM
R.I.P to a very underrated fighter.

I also thought he was older than that.

Jury
05-09-2011, 09:05 PM
R.I.P. Champ!

Obama
05-10-2011, 01:58 AM
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BennyST
05-13-2011, 10:25 AM
Yeah, a sad day here in Aus. He was a true champ in every sense of the word. Hardly a brawler though....in fact he was about as close to being a brawler as Mayweather is. Highly skilled boxer, counter puncher. Fought entirely off the jab. Amazing fighter.

Pastrano
05-13-2011, 11:18 AM
Yeah, a sad day here in Aus. He was a true champ in every sense of the word. Hardly a brawler though....in fact he was about as close to being a brawler as Mayweather is. Highly skilled boxer, counter puncher. Fought entirely off the jab. Amazing fighter.

Cmon, if that fight with Harada wasn't a brawl, what is??

McGoorty
07-18-2011, 07:32 PM
My Favourite fighter along with Frazier and Hagler.

I suggest buying the book on him "The Onion Picker", very good read and supplies information on other boxers at the time.

Also he had some guts.

I was saddened to hear about poor Lionel pasasing away, he was a very correct and talented champion. I think he was almost as good as Dave Sands and in the Top 2 all-time Austalian Aboriginal boxers. How many very good Aboriginal fighters can you name ? Here is my top 10 with only the top 2 numbered, the rest of you can pick your own order. No. 1 Dave SANDS,. 2. Lionel ROSE,. . ,.. Jerry JEROME,... Ron RICHARDS,.. Jack HASSEN,.. Charlie BRACKEN,. . ,. TONY MUNDINE Snr.,... Hector THOMPSON,.. Alfie SANDS,... No 10,.... Anthony MUNDINE Jnr,.. ( young Anthony is lucky to be mentioned amongst this company, there is no way that he was in his fathers class, but he did better than I ever thought possible. ).:boxing: