Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Sweet Radio Tribute to a Top Koori Boxer

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Sweet Radio Tribute to a Top Koori Boxer

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THE Sweet Science program on Koori Radio is planning a tribute to former world-rater Bobby Sinn, who died in Brisbane on July 23, age 72.

Sinn, born Robert Wills, fought 60 times between 1950 and 1961, winning 38 - 22 by knockout, losing 18 and drawing 4.

"The Bulimba Bull Ant" beat world top-10 flyweight, Taffy Hancock in a 1952 non-title bout and later won the Australian bantamweight and featherweight titles, halting Young Regan, Russell Sands and George Flemming.

In 1954 he lost a non-title affair to Jimmy Carruthers, pushing the then-world bantamweight champion the full 12 rounds to a close decision.

He challenged for the Empire bantamweight title in 1955, losing on points to world title challenger Peter Keenan, of Scotland.

In 1954, Bobby was ranked No.8 in the world by The Ring Magazine.

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SUGAR Ray Leonard will visit Australia at the end of this month.

He will deliver speeches at two functions -"A little bit of sugar with Ray Leonard" - a lunch in Melbourne on Thursday, August 27 in aid of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre and on Friday, August 28 in Sydney in support of the Wellness Centre for the Westmead Children's Hospital.

Ray, 53, was a 1976 Olympic gold medallist, who won seven world titles in five divisions, was the 1980s' Fighter of the Decade and has been voted by The Ring Magazine as the ninth best fighter of the past 80 years.

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THIS weekend's PPV card comes from Biloxi, Mississippi on Sunday.

In the main event, 40-year-old four-weight world champion, Roy Jones Junior (53-5, 39 KOs), faces former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs).

Both fighters hail from nearby Pensacola, Florida. Jones, who was judged the 1990s' Fighter of the Decade by the American Boxing Writer's Association, is currently ranked No.6 by The Ring Magazine at light heavyweight.

In the main support bout, Perth's Danny Green (26-3, 23 KOs) will be attempting to win his second world title when he takes on South American light heavyweight champ Julio Cesar Dominguez (20-4-1, 14 KOs) from Argentina.

Both will be moving up to the cruiserweight limit with the vacant IBO trinket up for grabs. If both Green and Jones win - as expected - the plan is for them to meet Down Under towards the end of the year.

If it does happen, it will be the first time Roy has fought outside the US since being robbed of Olympic gold in his bout with Park Si Hun in Seoul, 1988. Despite the "defeat" Jones won the Val Barker Award as the best fighter of those Games.

Coffs Harbour's once beaten Daniel Baff (10-1-1, 9 KOs) is also on Sunday's undercard. He meets Florida's Richmond Dalphone over six heats. Daniel has come a long way since he got sparked in one round by my man, James Chan on a Fenech Fight Night in 2005. …

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