Titles: Never a world champion Record: 45-4 (29 K.O's) Born: October 31, 1895 in Maitland, Australia Years active: 1910-1916 Nickname: None Darcy might be the best middleweight to never hold the title. He did hold the Australian version of the title and some thought him the world champion but never received universal recognition. His most impressive traits were said to be his stamina and good punching power. Les started his pro career at the age of 15 and made quick in roads fighting his way to the Australian welterweight title in only his 16th fight. There he was met by veteran Bob Whitelaw who was just to much for the still maturing Darcy and outboxed the youngster over 20 rounds. Less than a year had gone by before Darcy avenged his points loss with a 5th round knockout. With his increasing fame in Australia Darcy moved on from fighting in regional New South Wales bouts to the big stage in Sydney stadium. By 1915 Darcy's body had matured and he was fighting at middleweight and his promoter started to import good American fighters to challenge the young star. He did start with a flurry to be sure. His first 2 fights in Sydney Stadium were losses, one by decision and one by foul to the same opponent Fritz Holland. The next year was to be his break- through year as he defeated solid fighters in Jeff Smith, Eddie McGoorty, Billy Murray and Fred Dyer. 1916 saw Darcy dominant enough in Australia to fight for and win the Australian heavyweight title against Harold Hardwick. He also took on and defeated the toughest challenger of his career when he outpointed George "K.O" Brown over 20 rounds. Darcy defended his heavyweight title 3 times and middleweight title 2 times before he would fall from grace in the eyes of many Australians. Darcy was Australia's most famous sportsman when World War I broke out and all men of fighting age and fit enough to serve were mobilized for military service. Darcy however failed to enlist on his mothers wishes and was quickly labelled as a "slacker". Men of fighting age were not allowed to leave the country yet Darcy managed to leave Australia by stowing away on a cargo ship. When he arrived in America he was labeld a draft dodger and was not able to get any fights that promoters had promised him because of government interference. Darcy joined a theatrical tour but it had very little success. Darcy did sign a oath of allegiance to America so he could serve in it's military but a severe virus left him ill and led to his tragic death at the age of 21! Old-timers say that he had in fact died of a broken heart and when his body was returned to Australia a estimated quarter million people paid their respects.