Book review: Mountain Fighters

Many people who are aware of the long history of Welsh boxing tend to begin with the stories of the early greats, Jim Driscoll, Tom Thomas and Freddie Welsh. But what was the background that allowed such a small country to produce so many legends? This book explores the tales of the brutal mountain fights and boxing booths that preceded the, ahem, civilities of the squared ring. Davies also knows enough about the selectiveness of history to realise that many of the stories are forever lost:

“It is doubtful whether the deeds of many were recorded in writing to any great degree… at best [this book] is a collection of tales that were pieced together following an extended period of research… I hope the reader will conclude that half a loaf of Welsh boxing tales are better than no tales at all.”

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