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PostSubject: R.I.P Lionel Rose   Mon May 09, 2011 9:32 am


IT is sadly ironic that on the day Australia crowned its latest indigenous world champion, Daniel Geale, the first and greatest passed away.

No other Australian boxer ever achieved the sort of popularity and affection that greeted Lionel Rose's world bantamweight title win in 1968.

Last night, after battling a string of illnesses that arose from a stroke several years ago, Rose, 62, died at his family home with his wife Jenny by his side.

When Rose arrived back in Melbourne after winning the world title in Tokyo, such a huge crowd met him at the airport he thought the Beatles must have been on the same plane.

Rose was later named Australian of the Year.

During his career, and his subsequent life as a national icon he made friends with a diverse range of identities from Elvis Presley, who met him in secret in LA to shake his hand, to Paul Keating, who Rose would badger at official functions to do more for Aboriginal Australians.

Rose is still seen as a timeless sporting hero and an inspiration to indigenous and non-indigenous sports stars from runner Cathy Freeman to boxer Jeff Fenech.

Last night Fenech, the three-time world champ who became a great friend of Rose and also a mentor to Daniel Geale, could only shake his head at the timing.

"What a day for Australian sport," Fenech said.

"Lionel was simply the best - a great, great champion and a beautiful person. I'm sure Daniel Geale, who is so proud of his indigenous heritage, will do all he can to honour Lionel's memory." Lionel Rose MBE was born on June 21, 1948 in a four-family Aboriginal settlement of corrugated iron and bark huts inside a eucalypt forest at Jackson's Track, near the Victorian Gippsland town of Warragul.

He was taught boxing by his father, Roy, a tent-show fighter. As a boy he sparred with rags on his hands in a ring made from fencing wire stretched between trees.

At 17, he won the Australian amateur flyweight title after he started training with Warragul coach Frank Oakes. He later married Oakes' daughter Jenny and together they had a son Michael.

Last night Jenny Rose told The Daily Telegraph : "This is a terribly sad day for us. It's still too raw to talk about."

Rose, who was also a popular singer with hits including I Thank You and Please Remember Me retained his charisma and good humour despite the 2007 stroke. His life was documented in the 1991 mini series Rose Against The Odds.



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PostSubject: Re: R.I.P Lionel Rose   Mon May 09, 2011 9:40 am

As a indigenous person myself, this comes a huge loss. Thanks for the post RED&GREEN4EVA
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PostSubject: Re: R.I.P Lionel Rose   Mon May 09, 2011 9:53 am

Yeah guys like Mundine could take a page from his book. I watched the mini series and read his book when I was a kid and have been a fan ever since. Have been looking for the DVD for ages but haven't had any luck.
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PostSubject: Re: R.I.P Lionel Rose   Mon May 09, 2011 11:51 am

R.I.P.
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PostSubject: Re: R.I.P Lionel Rose   Sat May 14, 2011 5:05 am

Rest in peace
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PostSubject: Re: R.I.P Lionel Rose   Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:34 am

A great champion they don't make like him now , he will be missed R.I. P.
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