Welcome to the Hall of Fame

In August of 2001, Mr David Hanvey and Gary Ellis called a meeting with a number of former boxers, historians and enthusiasts with the aim of forming a boxing museum and a Hall of Fame along the line of famous "International Boxing Hall of Fame" in Canastota, New York, US.

The meeting was a great success with all aims agreed upon and the "Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame" was registered.

The office bearers elected were as follows: President-Gus Mercurio, Vice President -Jack Rennie, Treasurur/Public officer-David Hanvey, Secretary-Gary Ellis. The committee members were Arnold Thomas, Greg Marcon, Peter Banks and Ron Picken. Within the first few meetings Frank Maher accepted the secretary's position and Gary Ellis moved to the general committee.

On the 9th of August, 2002 the ANBHOF had its first fundraising dinner at the RACV Club in Melbourne. This night was sold out with 220 people attending, including seven of the eight living World Champions in attendance.

The next year we moved to the Crown Casino for our first Hall of Fame induction dinner. Over 300 people were in attendance to pay their respects to some of Australia's greatest boxers being awarded with induction into the Hall Of Fame.

From the Crown Casino, the induction moved to the Telstra Dome and the numbers in attendance increased with 414 die hard boxing fans witnessing the second crop of inductees.

Other induction dinners were held at the Power House and Carlton Crest Motel before the first event at the MCG where well over 500 people witnessed the 5th induction class of the Hall of Fame. Apart from the legendary Australian boxers in attendance, the Hall of Fame also welcomed International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Emile Griffith. The following two induction dinners at the "G" since then have also been great successes, with many special guests attending the dinner.

The year 2011 will see the induction dinner outside of Melbourne for the first time. As a national organisation we have approached various sponsors throughout Australia to support the Hall of Fame. The Country Club in Launceston, Tasmania has committed to a three year sponsorship deal with the Hall of Fame, and as such will host the 2011 induction dinner in Launceston. As for the 2012 dinner location - well time will tell !

Our aim is to honor our present and past boxing heroes, and to continue to display our boxing memorabilia of our glorious history to the public via our showcase at the National Sports Museum at the MCG.

Membership

We still need all the assistance that we can get from the general community. If you aren't already a member of the Hall of Fame, please fill out the membership form available here . Membership is only $10 per year and every dollar assists our cause in preserving Australia's boxing history.


Vale Keith Ellis Snr


Keith Ellis Snr was a pillar of Australian boxing for forty years. He was in the corner for 100ís of fights over the years, and trained some of Australiaís greatest including Tony Miller, Rod Carr and of course his son, Lester Ellis.

His loss will be felt throughout the boxing community. On behalf of all ANBHOF commity and itís members, we send our condolences to the Ellis family

2013 Induction Dinner


Another successful dinner completed ! Over 300 guests had a great night at Crown Casino celebrating the new class of inductees for 2013, including the elevation of Jeff Fenech to legend status.

More news and pictures to follow.

2013 Inductees


The class of 2013 is as follows:

Moderns: Guy Waters
Veterans: Max Carlos
Old Timers: Jack Haines
Pioneers: Mick Dooley
Non Participants: William Corbett
Honorary Internationals: Harry Stone
Legend: Jeff Fenech


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