Athol back in the ring
LAST Saturday night Lismore boxing trainer Arthur Maloney stepped back into the ring with Kyogle Olympian Athol McQueen at a Glen Innes fight night.
But not a blow was exchanged. Maloney was invited to present McQueen with a framed poster of a Glen Innes boxing night from 1963 commemorating 55 years since the tournament was held.
On December 7 1963, McQueen was the Australian heavyweight champion and he stepped into the ring against Athol Biffin, of Deepwater, in the main bout.
McQueen won by knockout in the second round. The next year McQueen went on to represent Australia at the Tokyo Olympics along the way fighting Joe Frazier, who eventually went on to defeat Muhammed Ali for the world heavyweight belt years later.
McQueen knocked Frazier to the canvas, but the American recovered to win on points. After his career, Frazier rated McQueen as delivering the hardest punch of his career.
After receiving his poster, McQueen in turn made a presentation to Frank Roberts.
Roberts, formerly of Lismore but now living in Armidale, was also a member of the Australian boxing squad at the Tokyo Games.
Maloney fought the main support bout for McQueen in Glen Innes and three Casino boxers Noel and Ray McElligott and Paul Mills also boxed in the 1963 tournament.
On Saturday night, four Casino boxers contested bouts. Troy Newman, Daniel Preece and Daniel Sims all lost narrow points decisions, while Luke Allen boxed a good exhibition match with Taree's Sam Basin.
Ballina's Jason Richards scored a points decision win over Dillon Perkins of Wellington.
The main bout was won by Christian Ferris of Glenn Innes after Dorrigo's Daniel Beverley retired in the fourth round.