Hulking presence for Bob Rose Cup - HERALD SUN - June 2012

Hulking presence for Bob Rose Cup...

Bob Rose, holding the trophy named in his honour, with promoter Peter Maniatis and boxer Nick Tetoros in 2003. Picture: Peter Ward

FORMER Collingwood strongman Rene "The Incredible Hulk" Kink has become the official ambassador for the Bob Rose Cup, which on Friday night will again honour the boxing career of the late Magpie coach and champion player.

This photo with Rose, promoter Peter Maniatis and boxer Nick Tetoros, was taken on the eve of the first Bob Rose Cup in 2003. Rose died from cancer a couple of days later.

Boxing historians say Rose was a 16-year-old when he made his professional boxing debut at the West Melbourne Stadium on April 29, 1944, and beat Frank Darcey on points.

The last of his 15 fights was in 1950 when he lost for the first time on points over 10 rounds to Tommy Scott.

Michael "Pretty Boy" Zerafa will fight John Akauola at the Malvern Town Hall on Friday night for the Bob Rose Cup and the Victoria State Light Middleweight Title.

Tickets can be booked via petermaniatis.com