Floyd Havard v Neil Haddock

The 23 March, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the last British title fight contested between two Welshmen, Floyd Havard’s clash with Neil Haddock at the Star Leisure Centre, Ely, Cardiff.

Floyd Havard (Photo: Floyd Havard, Facebook)

Floyd Havard (Photo: Floyd Havard, Facebook)

Champion Haddock, 29, had overcome a dreadful start to his professional career, a drop from welterweight to super-featherweight proving the catalyst that took him to title glory.

The Llanelli man took Michael Armstrong’s British title with a six-round stoppage win in October 1992.

Three defences followed, helping to build to a British title derby match-up, the intensity of which only those who have lived near the banks of the Loughor could understand.

Swansea’s Floyd Havard was the opponent, a fighter who had competed at the very highest level.

The 28-year-old, who had reigned as British champion from 1988-9, was coming off the back of a failed world title bid, against the great John John Molina.

A broken nose in the build-up had hampered Havard’s build-up, and the Puerto Rican dropped him in the third before it was stopped in the sixth.

That punishing bout came just two months before the Haddock fight, and there were doubts over whether Havard could rally.

It was the Swansea man who would triumph, though, stopping his west Wales rival in the 10th round.

He would fight for two more years, winning all seven of his outings but never again competing at a higher level. Haddock would compete just once more, travelling to French Guiana for an unsuccessful attempt to take Jacobin Yoma’s European title.

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