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Pugilist princes: Wales' greatest boxers

By Sean Davies

Jimmy Wilde

It took a long time, but Joe Calzaghe's stellar career eventually won him recognition on the world stage.

He continued a great tradition of Welsh pugilists, following the likes of Howard Winstone, Jimmy Wilde and Jim Driscoll.

So where does Calzaghe stand in this pantheon of fighters?

WALES' TOP 10 BOXERS

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10: Johnny Owen
The Matchstick Man's story is dominated by its tragic end - the frail-looking Welshman was beaten to death in a Los Angeles ring by Mexico's Lupe Pintor...

9: Jack Petersen
Petersen was an accomplished heavyweight, but the question will always remain as to whether he could have been world-class at light-heavy, his natural weight...

8: Colin Jones
The welterweight from Gorseinon was taken into the Eddie Thomas stable and moulded into a fighter worthy of succeeding Howard Winstone and Ken Buchanan...

7: Tommy Farr
Farr met Joe Louis in New York's Yankee Stadium amidst one of the most turbulent political and sporting mixes in ring history...

6: Percy Jones
Jones was Wales' first world champion, a fast and powerful flyweight who earned his title in one of the toughest eras of the sport's history...

5: Howard Winstone
Winstone and his trainer Eddie Thomas formed a famous fight partnership whose quest for the world featherweight title captivated the nation...

4: Jim Driscoll
Driscoll's performance against Abe Attell was enough to see him recognised as world champion in Europe, but the no decision rule meant he never officially wore the crown...

3: Freddie Welsh
Welsh's remarkable, cross-Atlantic career and epic trio of fights with Benny Leonard mark him down as one of the greatest lightweights of all time...

1=: Jimmy Wilde
Standing at just over five foot and weighing in at 100 pounds, Wilde possessed a phenomenal punch that earned him the moniker 'The Ghost with the Hammer in his Hand'...

1=: Joe Calzaghe
Calzaghe mastered the art of boxing in his era and always found a way to win, meaning he deserves to be ranked alongside Wilde at the very pinnacle of Welsh sport...

OTHER NOTABLE WELSH BOXERS AND TRAINERS

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Jamie Arthur
Jamie Arthur - Official website
Career record - Boxing Records website

Eddie Avoth
Eddie Avoth - Wikipedia
Career record - Boxing Records website

Johnny Basham
Profile - BBC Local
Career record - Boxing Records website

Bill Beynon
Profile - Boxing Biographies website
Career record - Boxing Records website
Hill name honour for boxing hero - BBC News

Gary Buckland
Career record - Boxing Records website

Enzo Calzaghe
Enzo Calzaghe 'retires' - BBC Sport profile
Enzo Calzaghe - BritishBoxing.net website

Nathan Cleverly
Nathan Cleverly in photos - BBC Sport website
Nathan Cleverly - Official website
Career record - Boxing Records website

Jason Cook
Jason Cook - Wikipedia
Jason Cook profile - Welsh Warriors/Johnny Owen website
Career record - Boxing Records website

Brian Curvis
Brian Curvis - Wikipedia
Brian Curvis profile - South Wales Evening Post
Career record - Boxing Records website

Cliff Curvis
Tributes paid to Curvis - BBC Sport
Career record - Boxing Records website

Dai Curvis
Boxing trainer, father of Brian and Cliff

Nipper Pat Daly
Nipper Pat Daly - Wikipedia
Nipper Pat Daly - official website
Career record - Boxing Records website

Robert Dickie
Dickie dies aged 46 - BBC Sport
Career record - Boxing Records website

Dai Dollings
Having trained marathon runners and the great Ted 'Kid' Lewis in the UK, Dollings moved to New York where - in the period around 1914 - he worked with a young Ray Arcel, teaching him how to analyse fighters. Dollings was a legend at Grupp's Gym on West 116th Street, the top New York fighting gym before Stillman's emerged.
Ray Arcel and Dai Dollings - Jews in Sports website

Dai Dower
Dai Dower profile - Welsh Warriors/Johnny Owen website
Dai Dower - Wikipedia
Career record - Boxing Records website

Llew Edwards
Career record - Boxing Records website

Joe Erskine
Joe Erskine - Wikipedia
The man who beat Chuvalo - BritishBoxing.net website
Career record - Boxing Records website

Scott Gammer
Gammer fails with Williams gamble - BBC Sport article
Career record - Boxing Records website

Dai Gardiner
Gardiner's guide to boxing spirit - BBC Sport Academy
Career record - Boxing Records website

Neil Haddock
Career record - Boxing Records website

Peter Harris
Career record - Boxing Records website

Floyd Havard
Career record - Boxing Records website

Kerry Hope
Kerry Hope - Official website
Hope moves to US - BBC Sport
Career record - Boxing Records website

Billy Hughes
Boxer's 'hard living' - BBC News

Benny Jacobs
See Wynford Lyn Jones, "Benny's Boys: The Stable of Benny Jacobs" (2007)

Ronnie James
Career record - Boxing Records website

Barry Jones
Career record - Boxing Records website

Gary Lockett
Gary Lockett - Wikipedia
Career record - Boxing Records website

Enzo Maccarinelli
Enzo Maccarinelli in photos - BBC Sport website
Career record - BBC Sport website
Enzo Maccarinelli - BBC Raise Your Game
Career record - Boxing Records website

Neville Meade
Career record - Boxing Records website

Glen Moody
Career record - Boxing Records website

Frank Moody, 'The Pontypridd Puncher'
Frank Moody - BBC Sport profile
Career record - Boxing Records website

Charlie Pearson
Charlie Pearson retires - BBC Sport

David Pearce
David Pearce profile - Welsh Warriors/Johnny Owen website
David Pearce profile - BBC Local, SE Wales
David Pearce - Wikipedia
Career record - Boxing Records website

Nicky Piper
Nicky Piper - Wikipedia
Career record - Boxing Records website

Dennis Powell
Dennis Powell profile - BBC Local
Career record - Boxing Records website

Bradley Pryce
Bradley Pryce - Official website
Career record - Boxing Records website

Gavin Rees
Gavin Rees in photos - BBC Sport website
Career record - Boxing Records website

Robbie Regan
Robbie Regan in photos - BBC Sport website
Robbie Regan - Wikipedia
Career record - Boxing Records website

Dick Richardson
The brawl in Porthcawl: Dick Richardson v Brian London - BBC Sport
Dick Richardson profile - Wikipedia
Career record - Boxing Records website

Steve Robinson
Steve Robinson in photos - BBC Sport website
Steve Robinson profile - Welsh Warriors/Johnny Owen website
Steve Robinson - Wikipedia
Career record - Boxing Records website

Francis Rossi
Career record - Boxing Records website

Lee Selby
Career record - Boxing Records website

Steve Sims
Career record - Boxing Records website

Kelvin Smart
Career record - Boxing Records website

Neil Swain
Career record - Boxing Records website

Cuthbert Taylor
Career record - Boxing Records website

Daniel Thomas, aka Gipsy Daniels
How Daniels earned his name - Antiquities of the Prize Ring
Career record - Boxing Records website

Eddie Thomas
Eddie Thomas profile - Welsh Warriors/Johnny Owen website
Eddie Thomas archive - BBC Wales On Air
Career record - Boxing Records website

Pat Thomas
Career record - Boxing Records website

Tom Thomas
Thomas Thomas - Wikipedia
Career record - Boxing Records website

Gwyn Williams
Career record - Boxing Records website

Johnny Williams
Johnny Williams - Wikipedia
Career record - Boxing Records website
Obituary - The Independent

Lennie 'the Lion' Williams
Career record - Boxing Records website

Mac Williams
See "Wales and its Boxers: The Fighting Tradition", ed. Peter Stead and Gareth Williams (University of Wales Press, Cardiff, 2008)

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see also
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