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Lionel Rose's International Bantamweight Championship Title Match, 2 July 1968 boxing trophy

2004.0066.0001

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Lionel Rose's International Bantamweight Championship Title Match, 2 July 1968 boxing trophy

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An International Bantamweight Championship Title Match champion's trophy. A three-tiered trophy featuring four fluted gold-coloured columns, surrounded by four fluted silver-coloured pedestals, on a square black wooden box plinth. Two differently worded metal plaques on opposite sides of the plinth are inscribed in Japanese, which translates to: 'International Bantamweight Title Match Champion, Lionel Rose (Australia) versus Takao Sakurai (Japan), 1968, July 2, Tokyo - Nihon Budokan'. The first tier pedestals are topped by four silver eagles, and four gold pedestals on the second tier are topped by gold boxers, one of them has broken off and is missing. A silver boxer [been bagged separately] has been broken off the top of the urn-like finial on top of the larger central column, which is unstable.

Statement of significance

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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