Welsh Boxing Hall of Fame

Howard Winstone's statue in Merthyr Tydfil

Howard Winstone’s statue in Merthyr Tydfil

The Welsh Boxing Hall of Fame contains fighters, trainers, promoters, writers and other contributors who have made outstanding contributions to the sport in Wales.

The general rule for inclusion is if a fighter has won a title at world, European, Commonwealth/Empire and/or British level, but other factors will be taken into account, including amateur records.

Your thoughts and suggestions for inclusion are gratefully received in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

See also the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Full details of the Welshmen included in these international lists can be found here.

Welsh Boxing Hall of Fame

Jamie Arthur

Arthur made his mark as a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, then battled through a difficult start to his professional career.

Read more on Jamie Arthur…

Eddie Avoth

Avoth won British, Commonwealth and European titles, and many feel that illness cost him a world crown.

Read more on Eddie Avoth…

Albert Barnes

Barnes stands in history as one of Wales’ most distinguished amateur boxers.

Read more on Albert Barnes…

Johnny Basham

The brilliantly named Basham is one of the stand-out figures from the first golden age of Welsh boxing.

Read more on Johnny Basham…

Billy Beynon

Beynon enjoyed a highly successful 192-fight career before getting out of the game unscathed, only to die in a colliery accident at the age of 41.

Read more on Billy Beynon…

Tony Borg

Borg was an effective boxer who has achieved greater prominence as a top-class trainer.

Read more on Tony Borg…

James Brimmell

Brimmell was a long-serving Welsh boxing official who worked as a referee and judge at some of boxing’s biggest nights.

Read more on James Brimmell…

Gary Buckland

Buckland took a difficult road to rise to domestic honours.

Read more on Gary Buckland…

Enzo Calzaghe

Calzaghe has a truly great life story that can compete with anything from boxing’s rich history.

Read more on Enzo Calzaghe…

Joe Calzaghe

Calzaghe is undoubtedly the greatest fighter produced by Wales since the war, and arguably the finest from the UK.

Read more on Joe Calzaghe…

John Graham Chambers

Chambers is amongst an elite group of Welshmen to have earnt induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Read more on John Graham Chambers…

Nathan Cleverly

Cleverly has earnt his place in the Welsh Boxing Hall of Fame, but only time will tell how his legacy will be remembered.

Read more on Nathan Cleverly…

Jason Cook

Cook’s power and skills took him to a European title, but weight and discipline problems stopped him going further.

Read more on Jason Cook…

Brian Curvis

Curvis was the most talented member of Swansea’s most famous fighting family, and one of the greatest boxers produced by Wales’ second city.

Read more on Brian Curvis…

Cliff Curvis

Curvis’s fine skills took him to British and Commonwealth glory, and he went on to manage his brother, Brian.

Read more on Cliff Curvis…

Nipper Pat Daly, aka Patrick Clifford Daley

The remarkable Daly defeated three British champions, a European champion and the reigning national champions of Italy, Germany and Belgium in his 120 bouts – then retired aged 17.

Read more on Nipper Pat Daly…

Gipsy Daniels, aka Billy Daniel

The well-travelled Daniels was a stalwart of the British, European and US scene in the 1920s and ’30s and could boast of a first-round knock-out win over Max Schmeling.

Read more on Gipsy Daniels…

Dai ‘Chips’ Davies

Davies’s main claim to fame as a boxer was his three fights against his Tylorstown neighbour, Jimmy Wilde.

Read more on Dai Davies…

Robert Dickie

Dickie’s considerable skills saw him join the select group of Welshmen who have won British titles at two different weights.

Read more on Robert Dickie…

Dai Dollings

Dollings was one of the great Welsh boxing managers and trainers who has been described as the Freddie Roach of his day.

Read more on Dai Dollings…

Dai Dower

Dower was a flyweight whose outstanding skills raised hopes in Wales that he would be the country’s first world champion since Jimmy Wilde.

Read more on Dai Dower…

Boyo Driscoll

Driscoll enjoyed a fine reputation in both the UK and the US, where he was a renowned crowd pleaser.

Read more on Boyo Driscoll…

Jim Driscoll

‘Peerless’ Jim is regarded as the finest proponent of the classical, upright style of boxing and as one of the greatest pugilists never to have won a world title.

Read more on Jim Driscoll…

Fred Dyer

The multi-talented Fred Dyer was renowned as an outstanding boxer, singer and swimmer, but a knee injury prevented him from realising the full extent of his sporting potential.

Read more on Fred Dyer…

Llew Edwards

Edwards rose from the Rhondda to become British and Empire featherweight champion and the lightweight champion of Australia.

Read more on Llew Edwards…

Joe Erskine

Erskine was one of the most talented and popular heavyweights Britain has ever produced, but his weaknesses came in his lack of power and fragile skin.

Read more on Joe Erskine…

Craig Evans

Blackwood’s Craig Evans followed a hard road to the European lightweight title.

Read more on Craig Evans…

Fred Evans

St Mellons’s Evans is the most successful Welsh Olympic boxer of all time.

Read more on Fred Evans…

Ralph Evans

Evans won light-flyweight bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics, making him the first Welshman to ever claim an Olympic boxing medal.

Read more on Ralph Evans…

Sydney Evans

Evans was a prominent Welsh boxing promoter, also known as ‘Evans the Shrewd’.

Read more on Sydney Evans…

Tommy Farr

Despite an amazingly long, colourful and accomplished career, Farr will always be remembered for one night – his 1937 challenge for Joe Louis’s world heavyweight crown.

Read more on Tommy Farr…

Cyril Gallie

Gallie was born between the wars and – had it not been for World War II – many feel that he would have won an Olympic medal and/or a world title for Wales.

Read more on Cyril Gallie…

Scott Gammer

Gammer was a late starter in the professional game who ended Wales’ long wait for a British heavyweight title.

Read more on Scott Gammer…

Dai Gardiner

Gardiner is one of Wales’ most prominent boxing trainers and a man who will always, sadly, be associated with one of the most tragic nights in the country’s sporting history.

Read more on Dai Gardiner…

Joe Gess

Gess was a long-serving boxing-booth proprietor in south and west Wales who played a huge role in the early careers of fighters like Tommy Farr.

Read more on Joe Gess…

Neil Haddock

Haddock was a talented amateur who overcame a woeful start to his professional career to reach unexpected heights.

Read more on Neil Haddock…

Jay Harris

Hailing from a famous Swansea fighting family, Harris has already claimed the Commonwealth flyweight title.

Read more on Jay Harris…

Peter Harris

Harris made the most of his talents to win the British featherweight title and challenge at European level.

Read more on Peter Harris…

Floyd Havard

Havard was an outstanding domestic super-featherweight champion who came up just short when he moved up to world level.

Read more on Floyd Havard…

Kerry Hope

Hope was a hard-working, determined fighter whose career seemed hounded by bad luck – before he seized an unlikely chance to win the European middleweight title.

Read more on Kerry Hope…

Benny Jacobs

Jacobs was a Cardiff-born boxing manager and bookmaker, whose career was colourful even by the standards of those lively trades.

Read more on Benny Jacobs…

Ronnie James

James was amongst the finest fighters produced by Swansea and was involved in the first world title fight ever to be held in Wales.

Read more on Ronnie James…

Barry Jones

Jones’s hard work and talent took him to a deserved world crown, but he was cruelly denied the opportunity to cash in on his belt.

Read more on Barry Jones…

Colin Jones

Hammer-hitting Jones is one of the finest British boxers never to have won a world crown, coming up just short in three brave shots at the title.

Read more on Colin Jones…

Percy Jones

Jones was Wales’ first world champion, but weight problems and the devastation of World War I prevented him entering the popular consciousness alongside the country’s early boxing greats.

Read more on Percy Jones…

Gary Lockett

Lockett knew the highs and lows in his career, winning considerable domestic success but coming up short at world level.

Read more on Gary Lockett…

Enzo Maccarinelli

Maccarinelli’s career has been a true rollercoaster, a thrilling ride that took him to the world cruiserweight title and to one of the biggest British world title fights of the new millennium.

Read more on Enzo Maccarinelli…

Sean McGoldrick

McGoldrick became the fourth Welshman to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal for boxing – but he had to wait for his prize.

Read more on Sean McGoldrick…

Neville Meade

Meade was a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and British champion, but the suspicion is that the laid-back heavyweight could have made even more of his talents.

Read more on Neville Meade…

Glen Moody

Moody was a Welsh middleweight and light-heavyweight champion but – beyond his boxing skills – he was a stalwart of the Welsh boxing scene throughout his life.

Read more on Glen Moody…

Frank Moody

Moody is one of the forgotten greats of Welsh sport and was the first Welshman to win British titles at two weights.

Read more on Frank Moody…

Eddie Morgan

Morgan was one of the outstanding performers from the first golden age of Welsh boxing.

Read more on Eddie Morgan…

Dai Nancurvis

Nancurvis was a famous Swansea boxing man who – as a trainer – guided his sons Cliff and Brian to title glories.

Read more on Dai Nancurvis…

John O’Brien

O’Brien was unofficially recognised as the best middleweight in Britain in the period 1891-5.

Read more on John O’Brien…

Johnny Owen

Owen was one of the purest sportsmen produced by any country, but his life and career is forever overshadowed by its tragic end.

Read more on Johnny Owen…

Charlie Pearson

Pearson’s 36 years as a boxing trainer earned him multiple, deserved plaudits on his retirement in 2006 at the age of 71.

Read more on Charlie Pearson…

David Pearce

A game, heavy hitter, renowned for his left hook, Pearce’s talents took him to the British heavyweight title.

Read more on David Pearce…

Jack Petersen

Petersen was one of Britain’s finest heavyweights, who could have probably achieved far more had he stuck at light-heavyweight.

Read more on Jack Petersen…

Nicky Piper

Piper was a well-respected Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion who fell short in three brave tilts at world titles.

Read more on Nicky Piper…

Dennis Powell

Powell was a hugely popular mid Wales fighter whose career highlight was claiming the British light-heavyweight crown.

Read more on Dennis Powell…

Bradley Pryce

The talented Pryce is a former Commonwealth champion whose career could have led to so much more.

Read more on Bradley Pryce…

Denis Reardon

Reardon (b. 1917) holds the distinction of being the first person to win an Empire Games gold medal for Wales in any sport.

Read more on Denis Reardon…

Gavin Rees

The talents and achievements of Rees have arguably been more overlooked than those of any other modern Welsh sports person.

Read more on Gavin Rees…

Robbie Regan

Regan is a man who came closer than most to becoming Wales’ first two-weight world champion, but medical conditions prevented him from making the most of the title status he had fought so hard to achieve.

Read more on Robbie Regan…

Dick Richardson

Newport’s rough-house brawler Richardson enjoyed the most colourful of ring careers and fought some of the biggest names of his day.

Read more on Dick Richardson…

Steve Robinson

One fight took Robinson from being a journeyman to a world champion, but he then showed the determination to ensure that was just the beginning of his journey.

Read more on Steve Robinson…

Francis Rossi

Rossi was a classy lightweight who operated on both sides of the Atlantic before settling in the famous fight town of Brockton.

Read more on Francis Rossi…

Walter Rossi

Rossi campaigned successfully in the US before World War I before returning to serve and continuing boxing at a high level.

Read more on Walter Rossi…

Archie Rule

Rule fought in both Britain and US, but is best known as one of the UK’s leading trainers of the 1950s.

Read more on Archie Rule…

William Samuels

William Samuels was an infamous Swansea brawler, boxer and booth owner of the late nineteenth century who shared a ring with John L Sullivan.

Read more on William Samuels…

Jack Scarrott

Scarrott was one of the most famous of the boxing booth owners who did much to shape the careers of the greatest names in Welsh boxing from its first golden era.

Read more on Jack Scarrott…

Andrew Selby

Barry’s Selby has built a formidable reputation as a high-class amateur.

Read more on Andrew Selby…

Lee Selby

Selby rose from obscurity to win the British, Commonwealth, European and world featherweight titles, and a glorious future could await the Barry man.

Read more on Lee Selby…

Steve Sims

‘Sammy’ Sims is a fighter who came from nowhere to become Newport’s own ‘Cinderella Man’.

Read more on Steve Sims…

Kelvin Smart

Smart is a former British champion whose outstanding early career record was spoiled by its end.

Read more on Kelvin Smart…

Tiger Smith, aka James Addis

Smith’s claim to boxing fame rests on the fact that he shared a ring with the great Sam Langford.

Read more on Tiger Smith…

Neil Swain

Swain was a talented boxer whose reputation as a bad boy followed him from the amateur to the professional ranks and beyond.

Read more on Neil Swain…

Cuthbert Taylor

Taylor was a fighter who was good enough to compete at world level, but who was denied championship opportunities because of the colour of his skin.

Read more on Cuthbert Taylor…

Dan Thomas, aka Dan Pontypridd

Thomas was a bareknuckle champion of the 1850s who held a formidable reputation.

Read more on Dan Thomas…

Eddie Thomas

Thomas was a boxer of substance whose pursuit of titles captivated Wales, but who went on to even greater glory as a trainer and manager.

Read more on Eddie Thomas…

Pat Thomas

Two-weight British champion Pat Thomas rose from poverty and fell into obscurity after retirement, but his career was memorable.

Read more on Pat Thomas…

Tom Thomas

Thomas is one of the great names of the first golden age of Welsh boxing and the country’s first winner of a Lonsdale Belt.

Read more on Tom Thomas…

Robbie Turley

Title glory looked set to pass the Cefn Fforest hard-man by, but opportunity came late in his career…

Read more on Robbie Turley…

Ned Turner

Turner, whose parents were from Newtown, is one of the great names of early nineteenth-century pugilism.

Read more on Ned Turner…

Freddie Welsh

Welsh was one of the greatest lightweights of all time and a man whose remarkable life story has been cited as an inspiration for the Great Gatsby.

Read more on Freddie Welsh…

Tommy West

West is one of the forgotten greats of Welsh boxing and a man who could have been the country’s first world champion.

Read more on Tommy West…

Jimmy Wilde

Wilde is arguably the greatest fighter ever produced by the UK, and a boxer worthy of consideration on any all-time list of the greatest pound-for-pound champions.

Read more on Jimmy Wilde…

Gwyn Williams

Williams could boast wins over Eddie Thomas and Cliff Curvis, but he probably lost his best years to World War II.

Read more on Gwyn Williams…

Johnny Williams

Williams was a cautious and classy operator whose under-spoken skills took him to British and Empire heavyweight titles.

Read more on Johnny Williams…

Lennie ‘the Lion’ Williams

Williams was an excellent featherweight of the 1960s whose career burnt short and bright.

Read more on Lennie Williams…

Liam Williams

Rhondda’s Liam Williams is a Commonwealth champion and there may be much more to come…

Read more on Liam Williams…

Mac Williams

Williams was a Cardiff boxing manager who – from humble beginnings in the 1960s – built probably the biggest professional stable in the UK.

Read more on Mac Williams…

Howard Winstone

Winstone ended Wales’ 45-year wait for a world champion to succeed Jimmy Wilde, but his road to that moment of glory was epic and heartbreaking.

Read more on Howard Winstone…

14 Responses to Welsh Boxing Hall of Fame

  1. David August 1, 2014 at 5:14 pm #

    Where and when is there a welsh induction into your hof ? Thanks d

    • Sean Davies August 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

      Hi David, thanks for the comment. I’m afraid it’s not that official (although it’d be nice to have a party like they have in Canastota!). The rules for inclusion are a little arbitrary but are as set out at the top of this page: “if a fighter has won a title at world, European, Commonwealth/Empire and/or British level, but other factors will be taken into account, including amateur records”.

  2. Sinead jackson August 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi my brother won a number of a British aba titles and numerous welsh and a medal in the European championships he boxed at heavy weight and super heavy weight and he is not listed here. Think time frame 1986 until about 1992 his name is Kevin Patrick McCorMack

    • kevin July 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      i do remember kevin mcCormack good boxer. boxed round about the same time as nicky piper i watched him box in the welsh abas

      • Gareth Lawrence July 6, 2016 at 1:36 am #

        Top boxer, top man and a good team mate and captain. I have the greatest of respect for big kev and what he achieved in boxing. Great Welsh ambassador for amateur Boxing…

  3. Leanne August 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    Wheres Lynsey Holdaway in all this? Cant believe shes not mentioned in any of this website? do you all know what she has achieved for the welsh valleys? The young welsh girl has even gone down in history. shes even in cyfarthfa museum with all the famous boxers.Come on give us women a chance will you!! xx

  4. Matt Turley July 24, 2015 at 1:37 am #

    kevin evans, pat thomas,

  5. Aled Wynne November 7, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    Where is my Dad Tony Wynne, who at 77 is still working with WABA as OIC and Director and Chair of South Division and Chair of Refs and Chair of Performance Committee. He has given nearly 60 years service to WABA including 30 years as AIBA Official. He boxed 17 times for Wales and was Featherweight Champ in 1967/8. He is still an acting referee covering 99% of tournaments all over Wales.

  6. Cerianne smart December 10, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    Very proud to see my dad is on there Kelvin smart 🙂

  7. Carol Abdrew April 13, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

    my grandfather was Frederick Andrews , a boxing referee and involved with youth boxing in Cardiff and the sons of the Marquis of Bute?

  8. Bryan Boots January 1, 2017 at 6:03 am #

    Parry Dando was Welsh Champion, he’s still alive.

  9. M ward January 16, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    My Dad’s cousin was Ginger Ward also known as Dai Ward. He is in the mueseam at Merthyr Tydfil. He won loads of medals and cups . He was in the Royal Navy in WW2

  10. Jason Shankland January 9, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi Sean,

    As a lifelong boxing enthusiast I’ve just noticed that from your comprehensive list of Welsh title held professional boxers that, probably as an oversight, the well known and locally established Merthyr Tydfil born and bred WBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion of 2001Dean Williams (aka: Welsh Road Warrior) is not currently present in your list of former Welsh pro successfully titled boxers, especially so as Dean Williams’ success has been at pro world competition level.

    Just to mention, Dean Williams originally began his early amateur career training and successfully fighting, for a number of years, out of the then, one of many, Merthyr Tydfil based Abercanaid ABC gym – from where he represented his immediate local club many times from a young age and was also successful in holding a teenage amateur Welsh Championship title too.

    For your benefit, I have left a link below to Dean’s BoxRec registration for you to view (may require login), for the possible consideration for addition to your list of successfully titled professional Welsh boxers.

    Dean’s official BoxRec.com record lists an accurate and comprehensive account of his full professional record and world title held. It also confirms the origins of Dean’s Welsh, Merthyr Tydfil (Abercanaid) based roots.


    I would also like to add that somehow or other Dean has seemed to have been overlooked with regards to leading a successful professional world boxing career. So much so that Dean’s success as a Welsh and Merthyr Tydfil professional boxer of origin title wise dwarfs that of the much renowned Merthyr Tydfil listed boxer Kerry Hope.

    Of note: Dean Williams still continues to contribute to the sport of boxing by training others at both amateur and professional level.

    So in recognition to his success as an international Welsh boxer along with his continued living contribution to the sport of boxing, it would be ideal if his successful career could be recognised by being listed and noted on your site of successfully titled professional boxers of Wales.

    Best regards,


  11. Diane Hutchings March 2, 2018 at 11:09 pm #

    Hi, I’m trying to find out about my relative Samuel Galliver who I understand from family legend was an amateur champion in approximately 1890-1900. He came from Cardiff and apply used to fight around Tiger Bay. I believe he worked in the dockyards. Has anybody ever heard of him or know where I can go to find out? Any info gratefully received. Thank you.

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