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Tony Madigan

Tony Madigan
Boxing light-heavyweight 1960 Olympics.jpg
1960 Olympic light heavyweight podium. Left-right: Giulio Saraudi, Tony Madigan, Cassius Clay and Zbigniew Pietrzykowski.
Personal information
Born(1930-02-04)4 February 1930
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died29 October 2017(2017-10-29) (aged 87)
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight80 kg (180 lb)

Antony Morgan "Tony" Madigan (4 February 1930 – 29 October 2017)[1] was an Australian boxer and rugby player. He competed in boxing at the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympics and finished in fifth, fifth and third place, respectively. In 1960 Madigan lost his semifinal to Muhammad Ali.[2] He also won medals at three Commonwealth Games in the light-heavyweight division – a silver in 1954 and gold in 1958 and 1962.[3]

Tony was the 2010 Inductee for the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame Veterans category.


Madigan's father Kendall Morgan Madigan (1908-1938) was a doctor and mother Elsie Maud Loydstrom (1911-1983) was a dentist.[4] He has a younger brother Mark.[4] His father died in 1938 as a result of cancer.[4] Madigan grew up in Bathurst and Maitland before his mother moved to Sydney to work as a dentist.[4][5]

Madigan attended Waverley College in Sydney where he took boxing lessons with Australian champion Hughie Dwyer and sparred with leading professional boxers.[6][5] In the 1950s, he spent time in the United States being coached by leading trainer Cus D'Amato.[5] After returning to Australia, he sold EH Holdens with rugby league player Rex Mossop.[5]

On 17 January 1955, Madigan suffered serious injuries in a car crash in Bavaria, West Germany. His 23 year old passenger Helen Stokes-Smith was killed when on an icy road Madigan lost control when trying to avoid a parked truck.[4]

Madigan married a German psychotherapist, Sybille, in November 1960 and their son Kendall Morgan Madigan was born in August 1961.[4]

In the mid-1960s, Madigan sold property investments and had a successful modeling career in London.[5] He then moved to New York City and commenced modeling with Howard Zieff, a renowned photographer.[4]

Rugby union

Madigan played rugby union for Randwick Rugby Club (14 first-grade matches, two tries, 1950) and Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club (1951, 1957 and 1963).[4][5] Outside Australia, he played Harlequins Rugby (1953) in London and Westchester Rugby Club (1960-1962) in New York.[4] In 1960, he represented the United States Eastern Rugby Union against Quebec Province in Montreal.[7] Madigan generally played as a flyhalf for the Westchester Rugby Club but did play breakaway against Quebec Province in Montreal in the 1962 representative game.[4]


Major amateur competitions