Looking Backwards. No.2, Tim Tracy

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Tim Tracy at the age of 78 recounts tales of his career as a boxer. He was the first lightweight champion of New Zealand. The interviewer gives Mr Tracy considerable prompting as he seems to find it difficult to formulate sentences.

Tim Tracy explains that he decided to learn how to box after being threatened on the streets of Wellington by two men. His father referred him to Charles (Charlie) Richardson, a trainer that owed him money which unfortunately for Tim meant training backfired and he was put through the toughest fights of his life.

Boxers he fought included World Champion Billy Murphy (in Stratford), brother Burt Murphy (in Christchurch), Teddy Morgan, Freddy [Dasman] and [Dinnie Murphy] (in Blenheim) with whom he fought 14 rounds whilst suffering a broken arm. He has been formally acknowledged by the Wellington Boxing Association in an illuminated address that hangs in his sitting room at home. Currently Tim Tracy is President of the Wellington and Hutt Valley Boxing Trainers Association.

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Reference number 26075

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Ngā Taonga Korero Collection

Credits TRACY, Tim, Interviewee
New Zealand. National Broadcasting Service (estab. 1936, closed 1946), Broadcaster

Duration 00:15:10

Subject Richardson, Charles

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