9 May 2011

Aussie boxing great Lion Rose dies

8:04 am on 9 May 2011

Australia's boxing community is in mourning after the death yesterday of Lionel Rose, regarded by some as the country's greatest boxer.

Rose, who was 62, shot to stardom as a 19 year old in 1968 when he became the first Aboriginal boxer to win a world title, beating Japan's Fighting Harada to claim the world bantamweight title.

An estimated 250,000 people turned out to welcome him home.

Rose was one of the first sports identities to make a stand against apartheid in South Africa, turning down the chance of a big payday in 1970.

In 2007 he suffered a stroke that left him partially paralysed and with speech difficulties.