Lionel Rose collection no. 2
The Lionel Rose Collection consists of the World Bantamweight title match trophy won by defending champion, Lionel Rose when he defeated Takao Sukurai on 2 July 1968, in Tokyo.
The Lionel Rose Collection consists of the World Bantamweight title match trophy won by defending champion, Lionel Rose when he defeated Takao Sukurai on 2 July 1968, in Tokyo. The trophy features thirteen gilt and silver metallic columns decorated with four miniature eagles and four miniature boxers raised on a black wooden plinth. The plinth has a plaque engraved with an inscription in Japanese which reads, 'International Bantamweight Title Match, Champion, Lionel Rose (Australia) versus Takao Sakurai (Japan), 1968, July 2, Tokyo - Nihon Budokan'.
Lionel Rose first won the World Bantamweight title in February 1968. He went on to win it again in July 1968 and March 1969. Rose was Australia's bantamweight champion from 1966 - 1969 and was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to sport. In 1968, Rose was named Australian of the Year. He was the first Aboriginal to receive this honour and was regarded by many as a symbol of hope for Indigenous people in Australia. In three years and just twenty-nine fights, Rose emerged from the obscurity of a small aboriginal settlement at Jackson's Track to become World Bantamweight champion.
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