By Sean Davies (@SeanDavies333), author and owner of this website
About the Welsh boxers website:
The story of just how much the sport of boxing meant to Wales in the early twentieth century and beyond seems to be fading from popular memory, with many of the legendary fighters becoming little more than names. There are numerous great websites dedicated to keeping alive the passion for Welsh boxing – I hope that this site can help to play a part in supporting that aim.
About the author:
Since my earliest years growing up in the south Wales valleys I have had a love of sport and history, and boxing has always been my main sporting passion. A fascination with the great story of Welsh boxing naturally followed. It’s a sport that has shown – time and again – the ability to grip the nation to its bosom with its stories of pain and glory, triumph and tragedy.
I was born and bred in the small village of Princetown, situated midway between the towns of Tredegar and Rhymney, and the counties of Gwent and Glamorgan. I went to school in Merthyr Tydfil before heading to Swansea University to study history. While studying for a postgraduate history degree at Cardiff University in the 1990s, I was able to satisfy my love of boxing by writing for the student newspaper, Gair Rhydd.
In 2000, I took a job as a sports journalist at BBC Wales in Llandaff, a position I held for 12 years. During that time, I was privileged to follow the second half of the career of the great Joe Calzaghe and his Team Calzaghe cohorts, and was ringside for some of his greatest fights – including Byron Mitchell, Jeff Lacy, Mikkel Kessler, Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. You can find some of my articles for BBC boxing here.
Since leaving the BBC, I have done some some sports reporting and writing for newspapers and their websites in my spare time, such as this feature on Welsh boxing in LA for Wales Online.
Books and articles by Sean Davies:
- The Last King of Wales: Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, c.1013-1063(The History Press, 2012)
- Welsh Military Institutions: c.633-1283 (Studies in Welsh History)(University of Wales Press, 2004)
- ‘The Battle of Chester and Warfare in Post-Roman Britain’, History, 2010
- ‘The Teulu c.633-1283’, Welsh History Review, 2003