Welcome to the Hall of Fame

In August of 2001, Mr David Hanvey and Gary Ellis called a meeting with a number of former boxers, historians and enthusiasts with the aim of forming a boxing museum and a Hall of Fame along the line of famous "International Boxing Hall of Fame" in Canastota, New York, US.

The meeting was a great success with all aims agreed upon and the "Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame" was registered.

The office bearers elected were as follows: President-Gus Mercurio, Vice President -Jack Rennie, Treasurur/Public officer-David Hanvey, Secretary-Gary Ellis. The committee members were Arnold Thomas, Greg Marcon, Peter Banks and Ron Picken. Within the first few meetings Frank Maher accepted the secretary's position and Gary Ellis moved to the general committee.

On the 9th of August, 2002 the ANBHOF had its first fundraising dinner at the RACV Club in Melbourne. This night was sold out with 220 people attending, including seven of the eight living World Champions in attendance.

The next year we moved to the Crown Casino for our first Hall of Fame induction dinner. Over 300 people were in attendance to pay their respects to some of Australia's greatest boxers being awarded with induction into the Hall Of Fame.

From the Crown Casino, the induction moved to the Telstra Dome and the numbers in attendance increased with 414 die hard boxing fans witnessing the second crop of inductees.

Other induction dinners were held at the Power House and Carlton Crest Motel before the first event at the MCG where well over 500 people witnessed the 5th induction class of the Hall of Fame. Apart from the legendary Australian boxers in attendance, the Hall of Fame also welcomed International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Emile Griffith. The following two induction dinners at the "G" since then have also been great successes, with many special guests attending the dinner.

The year 2011 will see the induction dinner outside of Melbourne for the first time. As a national organisation we have approached various sponsors throughout Australia to support the Hall of Fame. The Country Club in Launceston, Tasmania has committed to a three year sponsorship deal with the Hall of Fame, and as such will host the 2011 induction dinner in Launceston. As for the 2012 dinner location - well time will tell !

Our aim is to honor our present and past boxing heroes, and to continue to display our boxing memorabilia of our glorious history to the public via our showcase at the National Sports Museum at the MCG.


We still need all the assistance that we can get from the general community. If you aren't already a member of the Hall of Fame, please fill out the membership form available here . Membership is only $10 per year and every dollar assists our cause in preserving Australia's boxing history.


2019 Induction Dinner

Come join us at The Pullman on the park, Melbourne to welcome the new crop of inductees at the 2019 induction dinner.

The dinner is on the 2nd March at 7pm. Tickets are $190 which includes a 3 course meal, beer, wine and soft drink. Call the Ticket Hotline on 0409 851 318 now to book your seat !

Numerous current and former champions will be in attendance. See you there !

2018 Inductees

The 2018 Inductees have been announced !

Honorary Internationals: Fritz Holland
Non Combatants: Grantlee Kieza
Pioneers: George Dawson
Old Timers: Arthur Cripps
Veterans: Bobby Dunne
Moderns: Paul Briggs

Congratulations also to our 2017 ANBHOF "Fighter of the Year", which was won by World welterweight champion, Jeff Horn.

2017 Induction Dinner

The 2017 ANBHOF Induction Dinner was held on Saturday 4th March, 2017.
Congratulations to all inductees, which included:

Honorary Internationals: Eddie McGoorty
Non Combatants: Joe Wallis
Pioneers: Jim Burge
Old Timers: Colin Bell
Veterans: Russell Sands
Moderns: Ken Salisbury

We also presented our 2016 ANBHOF "Fighter of the Year", which was won by Victorian Super Middleweight, Jayde Mitchell.  


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