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.
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Welsh Boxing Hall of Fame
Arthur made his mark as a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, then battled through a difficult start to his professional career.
Avoth won British, Commonwealth and European titles, and many feel that illness cost him a world crown.
Barnes stands in history as one of Wales’ most distinguished amateur boxers.
The brilliantly named Basham is one of the stand-out figures from the first golden age of Welsh boxing.
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.
Borg was an effective boxer who has achieved greater prominence as a top-class trainer.
Brimmell was a long-serving Welsh boxing official who worked as a referee and judge at some of boxing’s biggest nights.
Buckland took a difficult road to rise to domestic honours.
Calzaghe has a truly great life story that can compete with anything from boxing’s rich history.
Calzaghe is undoubtedly the greatest fighter produced by Wales since the war, and arguably the finest from the UK.
John Graham Chambers
Chambers is amongst an elite group of Welshmen to have earnt induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Cleverly has earnt his place in the Welsh Boxing Hall of Fame, but only time will tell how his legacy will be remembered.
Cook’s power and skills took him to a European title, but weight and discipline problems stopped him going further.
Curvis was the most talented member of Swansea’s most famous fighting family, and one of the greatest boxers produced by Wales’ second city.
Curvis’s fine skills took him to British and Commonwealth glory, and he went on to manage his brother, Brian.
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.
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.
Dai ‘Chips’ Davies
Davies’s main claim to fame as a boxer was his three fights against his Tylorstown neighbour, Jimmy Wilde.
Dickie’s considerable skills saw him join the select group of Welshmen who have won British titles at two different weights.
Dollings was one of the great Welsh boxing managers and trainers who has been described as the Freddie Roach of his day.
Dower was a flyweight whose outstanding skills raised hopes in Wales that he would be the country’s first world champion since Jimmy Wilde.
Driscoll enjoyed a fine reputation in both the UK and the US, where he was a renowned crowd pleaser.
‘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.
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.
Edwards rose from the Rhondda to become British and Empire featherweight champion and the lightweight champion of Australia.
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.
St Mellons’s Evans is the most successful Welsh Olympic boxer of all time.
Evans won light-flyweight bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics, making him the first Welshman to ever claim an Olympic boxing medal.
Evans was a prominent Welsh boxing promoter, also known as ‘Evans the Shrewd’.
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.
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.
Gammer was a late starter in the professional game who ended Wales’ long wait for a British heavyweight title.
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.
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.
Haddock was a talented amateur who overcame a woeful start to his professional career to reach unexpected heights.
Hailing from a famous Swansea fighting family, Harris has already claimed the Commonwealth flyweight title.
Harris made the most of his talents to win the British featherweight title and challenge at European level.
Havard was an outstanding domestic super-featherweight champion who came up just short when he moved up to world level.
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.
Jacobs was a Cardiff-born boxing manager and bookmaker, whose career was colourful even by the standards of those lively trades.
James was amongst the finest fighters produced by Swansea and was involved in the first world title fight ever to be held in Wales.
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.
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.
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.
Lockett knew the highs and lows in his career, winning considerable domestic success but coming up short at world level.
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.
McGoldrick became the fourth Welshman to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal for boxing – but he had to wait for his prize.
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.
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.
Moody is one of the forgotten greats of Welsh sport and was the first Welshman to win British titles at two weights.
Morgan was one of the outstanding performers from the first golden age of Welsh boxing.
Nancurvis was a famous Swansea boxing man who – as a trainer – guided his sons Cliff and Brian to title glories.
O’Brien was unofficially recognised as the best middleweight in Britain in the period 1891-5.
Owen was one of the purest sportsmen produced by any country, but his life and career is forever overshadowed by its tragic end.
Pearson’s 36 years as a boxing trainer earned him multiple, deserved plaudits on his retirement in 2006 at the age of 71.
A game, heavy hitter, renowned for his left hook, Pearce’s talents took him to the British heavyweight title.
Petersen was one of Britain’s finest heavyweights, who could have probably achieved far more had he stuck at light-heavyweight.
Piper was a well-respected Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion who fell short in three brave tilts at world titles.
Powell was a hugely popular mid Wales fighter whose career highlight was claiming the British light-heavyweight crown.
The talented Pryce is a former Commonwealth champion whose career could have led to so much more.
Reardon (b. 1917) holds the distinction of being the first person to win an Empire Games gold medal for Wales in any sport.
The talents and achievements of Rees have arguably been more overlooked than those of any other modern Welsh sports person.
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.
Newport’s rough-house brawler Richardson enjoyed the most colourful of ring careers and fought some of the biggest names of his day.
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.
Rossi was a classy lightweight who operated on both sides of the Atlantic before settling in the famous fight town of Brockton.
Rossi campaigned successfully in the US before World War I before returning to serve and continuing boxing at a high level.
Rule fought in both Britain and US, but is best known as one of the UK’s leading trainers of the 1950s.
William Samuels was an infamous Swansea brawler, boxer and booth owner of the late nineteenth century who shared a ring with John L Sullivan.
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.
Barry’s Selby has built a formidable reputation as a high-class amateur.
Selby rose from obscurity to win the British, Commonwealth, European and world featherweight titles, and a glorious future could await the Barry man.
‘Sammy’ Sims is a fighter who came from nowhere to become Newport’s own ‘Cinderella Man’.
Smart is a former British champion whose outstanding early career record was spoiled by its end.
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.
Swain was a talented boxer whose reputation as a bad boy followed him from the amateur to the professional ranks and beyond.
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.
Dan Thomas, aka Dan Pontypridd
Thomas was a bareknuckle champion of the 1850s who held a formidable reputation.
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.
Two-weight British champion Pat Thomas rose from poverty and fell into obscurity after retirement, but his career was memorable.
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.
Title glory looked set to pass the Cefn Fforest hard-man by, but opportunity came late in his career…
Turner, whose parents were from Newtown, is one of the great names of early nineteenth-century pugilism.
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.
West is one of the forgotten greats of Welsh boxing and a man who could have been the country’s first world champion.
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.
Williams could boast wins over Eddie Thomas and Cliff Curvis, but he probably lost his best years to World War II.
Williams was a cautious and classy operator whose under-spoken skills took him to British and Empire heavyweight titles.
Lennie ‘the Lion’ Williams
Williams was an excellent featherweight of the 1960s whose career burnt short and bright.
Rhondda’s Liam Williams is a Commonwealth champion and there may be much more to come…
Williams was a Cardiff boxing manager who – from humble beginnings in the 1960s – built probably the biggest professional stable in the UK.
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.