Tribute to Aboriginal Boxing Hero Dick Blair

Show 70 of the Sweet Science weekly national radio program is to be dedicated to a tribute to the great Australian Aboriginal middleweight hero Dick Blair. Blair, originally Richard Phillips, was part of a fighting family of middleweight brothers from Fingal in Tweed Heads in NSW and after turning professional in 1964 he won the Australian middleweight title in 1968. Dick retired in 1975 with 85 bouts to his name and the impressive record of 46-31-5.. Notable opponents included Trevor Christian, Mick Croucher, Charkey Ramon, Trevor Thornberry and Jim Brown.

Dick celebrated his 70th birthday this year and is a respected elder of the Aboriginal community, splitting his time between Tweed Heads and Redfern where he is ordained as Pastor Richard Phillips.

Tune in to hear Dick talk about his boxing career, his preaching experiences in Redfern and his work with the Aboriginal legal service.

Guests on the show include leading boxing journalist Tony Pritchard-Nobbs, former opponents Jim Withers (Brown) and Alan Moore.

Tribute Date: Monday November 19, 2007 - 6pm - 8pm (Sydney and Melbourne Time)

Listen on the Radio: The Sweet Science Australian National boxing radio Program is broadcast live to over 50 stations on the National Indigenous Radio Service including:

Koori Radio
93.7 FM
Monday 6pm to 8pm

1503 AM
Monday 6pm to 8pm

107.1 FM
Monday 5pm to 7pm

Listen on the Internet: The Sweet Science national radio boxing program, running since July 2006 on Koori Radio in Sydney is now also streaming live for those outside our radio footprint. Listen live on - click on Koori Radio Live at the top of the page.

Listen to Archived Shows: Missed some of our shows? We now have some recent shows in our archives for you to enjoy including our Australian National Boxing Hall of fame special. Check it out by clicking on the link below:

Article posted on 15.11.2007

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