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Kenny Salisbury

aka 'Kenny Holden, Kenny Nelson'

born: 22/08/1953, Liverpool

Fight History
30 (KO's 9)
Divisions fought in

Kenny Salisbury's involvement with boxing began at the age of nine. He had about 100 amateur contests, winning the majority of them, and three times represented England. In his early twenties, Salisbury emigrated to Australia. Turning professional at 25, in 1982 he faced Alex Temelkov at the Sydney Opera House for the Australian title. In a fight that has gone down in folklore in Australia as "World War Three", Temelkov rabbit punched his opponent: the referee stepped in, Salisbury's manager leaned over the ropes to pull Temelkov off his man, someone flew the air to karate kick the manager, and a mass brawl broke out in the ring! Temelkov was disqualified, and Salisbury made three successful defences of his new crown. In 1984 he outpointed Nelson Bosso of Zimbabwe to win the Commonwealth title. A year later, he lost the title on cuts to Nicky Wilshere at the Royal Albert Hall, and was stripped of his Australian crown because of a car crash which prevented him from being able to defend it, and which ended his career.