July 03, 2004


Conflicting accounts exist of the 1989 Blunderweight World Championship bout between Mark Latham and Don Nelson. Compare and decide ...

In the red corner, weighing a hundred pounds or so less than he does these days: Mark "Civilising Global Capital -- With My Fists!" Latham, then 28, a promising young scrapper who’d fought his way up from living in a hollowed-out cabbage on western Sydney’s mean streets:

"He got a bit stroppy, he took a half swing at me, we grabbed him and got him out of the campaign rooms.

"He wasn't in any state to do any real harm, but we just got hold of him, got him out of the campaign room, it's a bit of crowd control and that was the end of that."

And in the blue corner: Don "Azumah" Nelson, then 59, a second-generation journeyman pugilist and sales rep who’d wandered over from a nearby bar:

"He was standing back listening and took umbrage to my comment. That's when Latham king-hit me. I instinctively threw my head to the left and did what they call, 'rode the punch'," Mr Nelson said. He then feinted with a left and crossed with a right. "He came off second best. He went down like the Titanic."

Latham defeated by an older opponent? Could start a trend.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 3, 2004 05:35 AM


Posted by: Bruce W at July 3, 2004 at 06:41 AM


I found this picture of John Kerry if anyone was interested

Posted by: RC at July 3, 2004 at 07:48 AM

What Australia needs is a lying ,adulterous, plagiaristic, fat, large breated , foul smelling thug , for a Prime Minister.

Posted by: John P. at July 3, 2004 at 09:52 AM

What's with the picture of John "Lurch" Kerry? I thought you guys were talking about Australian politics.

Posted by: David Crawford at July 3, 2004 at 10:03 AM

It's American imperialism!!!

Posted by: Sortelli at July 3, 2004 at 10:44 AM

I hate when those Americans horn in on a perfectly good boxing story. They are always bulling their way in. I hate them...oh wait I am American.


Posted by: Papertiger at July 3, 2004 at 12:26 PM

"I have no problem with him, other than he is a thug that king-hit me. I have no axe to grind."

Priceless, absolutely priceless.

Posted by: Rob at July 3, 2004 at 12:51 PM

'king hit'- you Americanos call it a 'sucker punch'? where you get hit without warning.

Posted by: roscoe.p.coltrane at July 3, 2004 at 01:33 PM

MARK LATHAM (doing his best Dolph Lundgren impression): I will crush you!

Posted by: Richard at July 3, 2004 at 01:41 PM

"IRON MARK" LATHAM: "Don Nelson. I want your heart. I want to eat your children! Praise be to Allah!"

Posted by: Richard at July 3, 2004 at 01:43 PM

My name is Latham, I am from the ALP, I must break you.

Posted by: Rob at July 3, 2004 at 01:51 PM

Perhaps he should stick to bashing little blokes,that cab driver never asked for a return bout did he? Some of these old fellas know how to hold their hands up!

Posted by: Lew at July 3, 2004 at 01:56 PM

Introducting the new MARK LATHAM GRILL - designed to "knock out the fat"! Although Latham himself will only ever claim that the fat was merely gently escorted out of the room...

Posted by: Richard at July 3, 2004 at 04:04 PM

While I don't have a problem with Mark Latham's political style and/or his sordid history of thuggery, I find I simply can't bear to look at his head on TV as my eyes are immediately drawn to that patch of acne scarring on the right of his chin.

It irritates me to no end.

Therefore I think I'll vote for John Howard this time.

Posted by: Daughter of Gough at July 4, 2004 at 12:52 PM

Oi used to DREAM of living in a hollowed out cabbage...

Posted by: John Paulson at July 5, 2004 at 01:45 PM

Stuffs me how anyone can take seriously a political party that has Thug Latham and Lawrence of Amnesia as their 2 national leaders.

Gimme an L, gimme an O, gimme an O, N, Y!

Posted by: John Paulson at July 5, 2004 at 01:51 PM