Logan and Brisbane have produced many world-class athletes across many different sporting codes over the years, but some of our boxers have gone unrecognised in the average household while showing the rest of the Australian and world boxing scene why Brisbane and Logan boxing is no joke.
Some of the talent to come through Brisbane and Logan boxing has received international recognition. These include some names that everyday people may be familiar with and many that they may not be familiar with:
Brisbane and Logan amateur boxers:
- Joe Goodall was a silver medallist at the Glasgow commonwealth games. He was the first Australian to fight for a gold medal in the heavyweight division at a commonwealth game in boxing.
- Clay Waterman became the first Amateur boxer to win a junior world championship for Australia.
- Jesse Ross represented Australia at the London Olympics in the middleweight division and is noted as a warrior in the ring and a true gentleman and ambassador of the sport.
- Jeff Horn Represented Australia at the London Olympics at a lightweight, reaching the quarterfinals. Since then he has turned professional, where he is currently (2016) ranked 11 in the WBA, 6 in the IBF, and 6 in the WBO rankings. He holds the WBO Oriental & IBF Inter-Continental Welterweight titles, and the WBO Asia-Pacific title.
Brisbane and Logan professional boxers:
- Alex Leapai made history in 2014 by fighting Wladimir Klitschko, the scariest man in boxing, for the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring magazine heavyweight titles. Alex was the first Australian to fight for the heavyweight world title in 100 years.
- Paul Briggs was an incredible athlete who won kickboxing and muay thai world titles before making the transition to boxing. He fought for the WBC world title twice against one of the greats, Tomasz Adamek, in 2005 and 2006.
- Robbie Peden fought the best in the world at super featherweight from 1996-2007. he had superfights with the likes of Antonio Barrera, Nate Campbell and Juan Manuel Marquez. Robbie held the IBF world super featherweight title.
Boxing in Brisbane has gone through many changes over the years. In 2001 Global Amateur Boxing (commonly known as “Global”) was formed and judged the amateur boxing with the same system used in the Professional system today, the 10-point scoring system. This meant that at the end of each round, the judges scored the winning fighter with 10 points and the losing fighter with 9, 8, or 7 points, depending on how dominant the performance was. Fights were judged according to aggression, power, accuracy, ring control and many other factors.
QABAI, the other leading amateur boxing organisation, used a computerised system where 3 judges scored individual strikes by pressing a button to award a point. At the end of about the winner was awarded according to which fighter had scored the most points. There were many conflicting views on which scoring system was superior, but ultimately the QABAI have now adopted the 10-point scoring system, and still use it in 2016.
Brisbane Boxing Stadium – AKA Festival hall (circa 1925)
The names mentioned previously are only a few of the local boxers that have set the benchmark of Australian boxing. As the youth of Brisbane boxing and Logan boxing continue to show promise, there will no doubt be many more to remember in years to come.