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Sunday, 7 October, 2001, 17:41 GMT 18:41 UK
Statue tribute to boxing son
Howard Winstone fighting Mitzunoli Seki
Howard Winstone fighting Mitsunori Seki in 1968
One of the greats of Welsh sport has been honoured in his home town of Merthyr Tydfil.

Howard Winstone, the former world boxing featherweight champion, died a year ago last week.

A bronze life-sized statue of Winstone was unveiled on Sunday in Merthyr Tydfil's town centre.

Former boxer Ken Buchanan
Ken Buchanan: Fine tribute
Among the guests was his great friend and contemporary the former world lightweight champion Ken Buchanan.

"I think eveybody is really happy the way Wales has raised so much money for Howard, " he said.

"The statue is such a tribute of the way people felt about him."

Winstone died in his home town almost exactly a year ago after a short illness. He was 61.

Featherweight title

His rise to fame began at the Empire Games in Cardiff in 1958 when he became the only Welshman to win a gold medal on home soil.

He turned professional and became undefeated British champion and also held the European title for four years.

His greatest moment came at the Albert Hall in 1968 when he beat Mitsunori Seki of Japan to win the world featherweight title.

He was known as a stylish boxer and he won 60 out of 67 fights as a professional before he retired in 1969 to become a pub landlord.

In 1968 he was awarded the MBE.

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Former boxer Ken Buchanan
"He was a great boxer...he had a fantastic left hand"
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"Merthyr has been paying a special tribute to the People's Champ"
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01 Oct 00 | Other Sports
Tributes to boxing legend Winstone
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