Joe Calzaghe was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) at the earliest possible opportunity – five years after he finished fighting – joining the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad in the class of 2014.
The Newbridge great becomes just the fourth Welsh fighter – and the fifth Welshman overall – to join the honoured ranks of world greats.
Here are the details of all of Wales’ international hall of fame men, with links to more in-depth profiles.
John Graham Chambers
Llanelli’s John Graham Chambers (1843-1883) was an all-round sportsman, but he was inducted into the IBHOF in 1990 for his efforts on the administrative side of boxing – the Queensberry Rules were largely his work.
‘Peerless’ Jim Driscoll (1880-1925) never won a world title but is regarded as perhaps the finest proponent of the classical, upright style of boxing and is an honoured member of both the IBHOF and the World Boxing Hall of Fame (WBHOF).
Pontypridd’s Freddie Welsh (1886-1927) was a star on both sides of the Atlantic and is regarded as one of the greatest lightweights of all time, his long reign as world champion eventually ended by a classic trilogy of fights against Benny Leonard. Welsh is in both the IBHOF and the WBHOF.
Regarded as pound-for-pound one of the greatest fighters of all time, monster-punching flyweight Jimmy Wilde (1892-1969) is an honoured member of both the IBHOF and the WBHOF.
It took a long time for another Welsh fighter to join Driscoll, Welsh and Wilde, but super-midddleweight great Joe Calzaghe (1972-) was rushed into the IBHOF at the earliest possible opportunity. Inclusion in the WBHOF is surely only a matter of time…