The boxers of wales
ABERDARE & PONTYPRIDD
second volume of Gareth Jones' excellent Boxers of Wales
series...there's a certain grim satisfaction in reading of the
lives, achievements and tragedies of men using their fists as a
means to escape the brutal realities of industrial life...
Disproportionately, the boxers featured in these pages tend to
be small men - flyweights and bantams abound - with physiques
equally attuned to hacking away at the coalface or hooking away
at their opponents' faces (and there are some ugly mugs on
display here). As a parade of hard little bastards, this is
difficult to beat."
second 'Boxers of Wales' masterpiece is a must-read for any
boxing fan. The tales about lesser known men like lightweight
Francis Rossi are as entertaining as those about Welsh legends
Howard Winstone and Johnny Owen. Compelling stuff."
Steve Lillis, News of the World
Valleys of South Wales have produced many fighters known
worldwide - Howard Winstone, Johnny Owen, the great Freddie
Welsh - but this book reminds us that there were others who lit
up the ring in their day. At last the likes of Cuthbert Taylor,
Eddie Morgan and Boyo Rees have their deeds recognised and
Gareth A. Davies, Daily Telegraph
"Fascinating insight into the greats and not-so-greats of
the ring. There's a prizefighter-turned-preacher who threw his
once-treasured belt on the fire and the early fight film the
public were never allowed to see because it showed two royal
princes at ringside."
Ron Lewis, The Times
"For generations of Merthyr's
youth, boxing has been as much a means of self-expression as a
way out of grinding poverty. This book does full justice to a
sporting tradition that has shaped the town's character and
given the world some unforgettable champions."
Mario Basini, Author, 'Real Merthyr'
A stroll around Merthyr town
centre demonstrates the importance of the fight game in the
borough's history. Where else on the planet can you find no
fewer than three statues of boxers?
A must-buy for all fight fans this book tells the stories of
some 50 fighters who have made their mark to varying degrees
over the past century and a half. Some are known world-wide,
such as the occupants of those plinths - Howard Winstone, Johnny
Owen and Eddie Thomas - others were local legends, such as the
king of the cobbles, Redmond Coleman, and the man whose skin
colour robbed him of the chance of greatness, Cuthbert Taylor.
The neighbouring towns of Aberdare and Pontypridd
also contribute their heroes including little Dai Dower, who won
British, Empire and European titles in less than five months,
while Pontypridd folk are justly proud of their world champion,
Freddie Welsh, and the three Moody brothers, who all won belts.
With several dozen illustrations, some never
before published, this is recommended reading for all fight
fans, whether or not they have the good fortune to hail from the
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. Both his
parents were from Merthyr.