The boxers of wales
"A compelling and fascinating
study. Although we are familiar with champions like Robinson,
Erskine, Petersen and Driscoll, the author has uncovered some
hidden gems - the extraordinary and forgotten stories of Fred
Dyer, 'The Singing Boxer', Albert Love and Albert Barnes, to
Claude Abrams, Editor, Boxing News
fans in and out of Wales will love this collection of mini
biographies profiling no less than 50 classic boxers from the
Cardiff area...An indispensable guide to Cardiff boxers and a
great resource for compiling those pub quizzes!"
South Wales Argus
has played a great part in the culture of Wales and now, thanks
to former Echo boxing columnist Gareth Jones, the capital
city has its own pugilistic
Brian Lee, Cardiff historian
long overdue reminder of how much Cardiff has given to boxing.
The verdict? A knockout"
O'Neill, South Wales Echo
must-buy for all fight fans, this book profiles more than 50
Cardiff boxers, from the days of the prize ring to modern times.
They include stars of both professional and amateur codes, world
champions and Commonwealth Games medal winners.
Many of them were produced by the capital's tough working-class
districts, old and new, from the dockland areas of Grangetown,
Newtown and Tiger Bay to the council estates of Ely and
Llanedeyrn. All played their part in the sporting folklore of
They include many familiar names: 'Peerless'
Jim Driscoll, Jack
Petersen, Joe Erskine
and two world titleholders, Steve
Robinson and Barry
But there are also those who were almost forgotten: John
O'Brien, who began in the bare-knuckle era; Fred Dyer, renowned
worldwide as 'The Singing Boxer'; Albert Love and Johnny Ryan,
who both (whisper it) won international glory in the white vest
are also more than 80 photographs, many of which have never
before appeared in book form.
is a journalist who has been writing and broadcasting on boxing
in Wales for more than 30 years, including over 15 years as
Boxing Correspondent of the South Wales Echo, and a longer
period as Welsh Boxing Correspondent of Boxing News. He was born
and lives in Cardiff.