The boxing fraternity is mourning the loss of John Leckie who died last Wednesday aged 76.
Leckie did his early training with Billy and Bobby Greville in the 1950s and rose to prominence as the Victorian Lightweight Amateur Champion then became the Australian Lightweight Champion as well as winning the golden gloves trophy along the way.
He fought as an amateur before having several fights at professional level. The well-respected boxer represented Australia at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff.
Leckie also took part in the South East Asian Games in Rangoon, Burma and Mexico – bringing home a number of medals in the process. Leckie’s passion for boxing continued beyond his own career, often attending boxing meets in Melbourne. After his impressive career, Leckie took a step back from his professional boxing to focus on spending time with his wife and family and pursuing other interests in life.
He was a well-liked figure among the boxing circles and will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by his family and the boxing community alike.
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