George Barnes

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Name: George Barnes
Born: 1927-02-20
Birthplace: Temora, New South Wales, Australia
Died: 2000-08-23 (Age:73)
Hometown: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 6″   /   168cm
Reach: 65″   /   165cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainer/Manager: Jack Dunleavy
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The son of Eric Barnes, a blacksmith, who fought under the name of Frank Burns, and who won the Australian middleweight title in 1921, George Barnes won the Australian, and British Empire, welterweight titles. George and his father were reputedly the first father - son combination to win national titles anywhere in the world.

George fought professionally from 1948 to 1956, and compiled a career record of 41 (21) - 21 (1) - 4 in his 66 pro bouts. The only time he did not see out the distance, was in his last fight when his father-in-law, working in his corner asked the referee to stop the fight, amid pleas from his wife. Barnes was furious, feeling he could still win the fight. He told the press that "this fight for all time should stop relatives being in a boxer's corner,", and exchanged harsh words with his wife. The next day, however, after seeing newsreel footage of the fight he apologized. "I'm sorry, Bet," he said. "I didn't know I was in such a bad way. I realize now you couldn't stand anymore."

George Barnes was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.