As promoter Frank Warren plots the return of big-time boxing to Wales with European champions Nathan Cleverly and Enzo Maccarinelli, here are some of the biggest bouts to have been staged in the Welsh capital.
FREDDIE WELSH v JIM DRISCOLL
American Roller Rink, 20 December, 1910
Two of Wales' all-time greats clashed in front of a sell-out crowd estimated at over 10,000 in Westgate Street's now-gone American Roller Rink.
The huge, corrugated iron building had been opened in 1908, the venue for Cardiffians to learn to waltz on roller skates as a brass band played.
If local tear-ups were not uncommon on Saturday nights there, the fight the rink staged on 20 December, 1910, was something else altogether.
When Cardiff's Jim Driscoll squared up to Pontypridd's Freddie Welsh it was a bout featuring two boxing superstars who would each win their places in the sport's Hall of Fame.
Both had found fame across the Atlantic but the two men had very different styles, Welsh championing the US style with an emphasis on in-fighting against Driscoll's classical British stance in a lightweight division second in prominence only to the heavyweights.
But in front of a fervent crowd of over 10,000 the styles failed to gel, Welsh eventually triumphing in the 11th after a disappointing, dirty fight when the usually unflappable Driscoll was disqualified for a head-butt.
After 103 fights, Swansea's hugely popular Ronnie James landed a dream bout when the great Ike Williams was lured to Ninian Park.
Williams' world lightweight crown was on the line, making this the first world title bout to be held in Wales.
The match was made after James had drawn an estimated 30,000 fans to a bomb-damaged Cardiff Arms Park for a 1944 British title win over Eric Boon.
Promoter Jack Solomons nearly saw the Williams bout washed away by torrential rain in the fortnight leading up to the event.
Williams, 23, was lax in preparations, and had to run laps of Ninian Park to make the weight.
Hopes were high for James, but the Welshman was nearly 10 years older, had not made lightweight for two years, and was badly over-matched.
He was knocked down six times before Williams' devastating bolo punch to the body finished it in the ninth - and effectively ended James' distinguished career.
JOE ERSKINE v JOHNNY WILLIAMS
Maindy Stadium, 27 August, 1956
Joe Erskine, who grew up two doors away from Billy Boston in cosmopolitan Tiger Bay, was always a Cardiff favourite.
The point was never better illustrated than when the heavyweight - who floated like a butterfly but also stung like one - drew huge crowds to the dowdy Maindy Stadium for two Welsh derbies in 1956.
The municipally owned open-air arena was on the site of a filled-in clay pit, the land reclaimed in the depression to be used for athletics and cycling.
On 7 May, Newport's Dick Richardson arrived to challenge Erskine in a British title eliminator.
In a true clash of styles before a crowd estimated at 30,000, Erskine was put down and cut in the fifth by the crude, heavy-hitting brawler.
But the Cardiff man's silky skills saw him to a clear 10-round points win, champion Don Cockell's retirement then opening the way for the Maindy Stadium to stage Wales' first British heavyweight title bout.
Erskine was pitted against Barmouth's former British title holder Johnny Williams on 27 August.
Torrential rain at the open-air arena did not deter another enormous crowd.
The veteran Williams soon opened another cut on Erskine, but the younger man's boxing ability again carried him through, the Cardiffian claiming the title with a comfortable 15-round points win.
VICENTE SALDIVAR v HOWARD WINSTONE
Ninian Park, 15 June, 1967
1967 - Winstone v Saldivar
The second of the thrilling trio of Vicente Saldivar-Howard Winstone fights was brought to Ninian Park.
The popular Merthyr man had won Empire Games gold in Cardiff in 1958, and in 1963 had drawn the crowds to the Maindy Stadium when he claimed the European title from Alberto Seti.
Winstone's rise saw him challenge Mexican great Saldivar for the world featherweight crown at Earls Court in 1965, the Welshman losing a narrow points decision after an epic showdown.
The quality of the bout meant a rematch was inevitable and Saldivar agreed to the fight in Cardiff two years later.
The Welshman seemed to win the first 10 rounds comfortably, but the unshakable Saldivar came on strong down the stretch against a tiring Winstone who had struggled to make weight.
Saldivar dropped him heavily in the 14th, but most still thought Winstone had done enough to win.
There was an outcry when referee Wally Thom - an old adversary of Winstone's trainer Eddie Thomas - raised the Mexican's hand in victory.
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