Newcastle Herald

Extra bouts win for Darcy grave plan

Author: By MATT CARR
Date: 11/02/2010
Words: 206
Source: NCH
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: News
Page: 11
A PROJECT aimed at raising money to restore Les Darcy's grave has uncovered five more fights in the legendary Maitland boxer's career.

Plans for 50 plaques representing Darcy's fights had be to changed when details of the other bouts were confirmed last year adding another chapter to Darcy's career.

Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame curator Arnold Thomas said the discovery made the new plaques, which he and Maitland City Council co-organised, all the more special.

"I knew he had a lot more than 50 fights but I had no idea where they were," Mr Thomas said.

He learned the details when speaking to Wollongong-based Darcy enthusiast Michael Clarke.

Mr Clarke said the wins, in 1911 and 1912, were for bouts all held in Newcastle or Maitland.

The plaques have been sold for $400 each, raising money to restore the Darcy Family Vault in East Maitland.

Darcy's first cousin once removed, John O'Rourke, who had bought a plaque, said the project was another example of the Hunter's affection for the boxer.

Work on installing the plaques began yesterday.

HIS FORGOTTEN FIGHTS

MAITLAND

Billy Pasco

August 8, 1911

Darcy won by KO

in two rounds

Les Althorne

September 12, 1911

Darcy won by KO

in three rounds

NEWCASTLE

Harry Emery

January 10, 1912

Darcy won by KO in six rounds

Peter Cook February 1912

Darcy won by KO in 11 rounds

Harry Ford February 1912

Darcy won by KO in 10 rounds

 
 
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