Feb 10, 2018
Les Darcy, the Australian Boxer and Folk Hero
By the age of 18 he was making a good living with a combination of fights, exhibition matches, and starring in a film. Soon became the World Heavyweight Champion.
His fights in America were cancelled; he did some exhibition matches, then decided to become an American citizen so he could enlist in the American army. But before he had the chance, he was hospitalized with septicaemia and endocarditis. He died on May 24, 1917, at the age of 21.
He had funeral processions in San Francisco, Sydney (where 125,000 people lined the streets), and in his home town of Maitland.
There are memorials to Les Darcy all over Maitland today, including this life-sized statue, unveilled in 2000.
I see that the sculptor kept his physique intact.