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Les Darcy vs Dave Smith for the Championship of Australia (1916)


Historical footage of Australian Middleweight Champion Les Darcy and Dave Smith training together at Sydney Harbour and later in a boxing match on 24 June 1916.

Curator’s notes

Les Darcy, the ‘Maitland Wonder’, is considered by many to be one of Australia’s best boxers. This footage shows a relaxed Darcy skipping rope, wrestling and sparring on the edge of Sydney’s Harbour; and highlights from the first of two boxing matches between Darcy and his former trainer and mentor, Smith. Darcy’s last fight was only a few months after this bout and was against George Chip (see Les Darcy’s Last Fight: Les Darcy vs George Chip (1916)). He died within a year of this footage being filmed at the young age of 22.