Jeff Harding (boxer)

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Jeff Harding
Personal information
Born5 February 1965

Jeff Harding (born 5 February 1965 in Sydney) is a retired world champion boxer from Australia, known as "Hit Man". Harding lived in South Grafton N.S.W. Australia and was a student at South Grafton High School.He trained with Steve Cansdell in Grafton before relocating to Sydney where he was first trained by John Lewis at the Newtown Police Boys' Club from where he won his first amateur title (NSW State). Harding was the 2004 Inductee for the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame Moderns category.

Professional career[edit]

Harding a tough come forward type fighter turned professional in 1986 and in 1989 won the WBC Light Heavyweight Title with a 12th-round TKO over Dennis Andries in only his 15th professional fight with Johnny Lewis in his corner. He defended the title twice before losing the belt via KO in 1990 in a rematch with Andries.[citation needed] In 1991 he recaptured the WBC Light Heavyweight Title by taking a majority decision over Andries in their third match. He defended the belt twice before losing the title in 1994 to Mike McCallum by unanimous decision. Harding retired after the bout.[citation needed]

Professional boxing record[edit]

23 Wins (17 knockouts, 6 decisions), 2 Losses (1 knockout, 1 decision) [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 23–2 Jamaica Mike McCallum UD 12 23 July 1994 Bismarck Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, United States Lost WBC World Light Heavyweight Title
Win 23–1 United States David Vedder UD 12 3 December 1992 Salle Franklin, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France Retained WBC World Light Heavyweight Title
Win 22–1 France Christophe Tiozzo TKO 8 (12) 5 June 1992 Palais des Sports de Marseille, Marseille, France Retained WBC World Light Heavyweight Title
Win 21–1 United Kingdom Dennis Andries MD 12 11 September 1991 Odeon Cinema, Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom Won WBC World Light Heavyweight Title
Win 20–1 United States Bobby Jennings TKO 7 2 June 1991 Conrad Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
Win 19–1 United States David Vedder UD 10 14 December 1990 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
Win 18–1 United States Stacy McSwain KO 3 13 October 1990 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
Loss 17–1 United Kingdom Dennis Andries KO 7 (12) 28 July 1990 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia Lost WBC World Light Heavyweight Title
Win 17–0 Argentina Nestor Hipolito Giovannini TKO 11 (12) 18 March 1990 Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBC World Light Heavyweight Title
Win 16–0 United Kingdom Tom Collins RTD 2 (12) 24 October 1989 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall, Queensland, Australia Retained WBC World Light Heavyweight Title
Win 15–0 United Kingdom Dennis Andries TKO 12 (12) 24 June 1989 Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won WBC World Light Heavyweight Title
Win 14–0 Argentina Nestor Hipolito Giovannini UD 10 10 May 1989 Newcastle Basketball Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Win 13–0 United States Art Jimmerson UD 10 1 March 1989 Cardiff Workers Club, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Win 12–0 Brazil Carlos Antunes Fonseca KO 9 7 December 1988 Seagulls Rugby League Club, Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
Win 11–0 United States Charlie Dean Moore TKO 8 5 September 1988 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
Win 10–0 United States Don Vincent Lee TKO 8 18 July 1988 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
Win 9–0 Argentina Jorge Juan Salgado TKO 5 6 June 1988 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
Win 8–0 Australia Doug Sam TKO 5 28 April 1988 Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, Australia Won OPBF Light Heavyweight Title
Win 7–0 Samoa Apollo Sweet UD 10 16 March 1988 Mount Pritchard Community Club, Sydney, Australia Won New South Wales Cruiserweight Title
Win 6–0 Fiji Mosese Vilia TKO 2 11 December 1987 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
Win 5–0 Fiji Luka Joel KO 2 25 September 1987 Cronulla Workingmen's Club, Sydney, Australia Won Australasian Light Heavyweight Title
Win 4–0 New Zealand Johnny Taupau, Sr. TKO 2 24 July 1987 Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
Win 3–0 Australia Materati Valu KO 2 19 June 1987 Blacktown RSL Club, Sydney, Australia
Win 2–0 Australia Emmanuel Otti TKO 5 5 February 1987 Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
Win 1–0 Australia Tommy Roberts KO 4 7 November 1986 Marrickville RSL Club, Sydney, Australia

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Preceded by
Dennis Andries
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
24 June 1989 – 28 July 1990
Succeeded by
Dennis Andries
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
11 November 1991 – 23 July 1994
Succeeded by
Mike McCallum