Archie Rule

Howard Winstone's statue in Merthyr Tydfil

Howard Winstone’s statue in Merthyr Tydfil

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

Rule, who was born in 1902, had 11 siblings. Much of his early life and career is undocumented as he learnt his trade in the boxing booths.

The Welshman was denied the chance of representing Great Britain at the 1924 Paris Olympics, where it was felt he could have been a contender for bantamweight gold.

In 1926 he headed to the US where he boxed, and also served as a reporter on the first Jack Dempsey v Gene Tunney showdown for the South Wales Echo.

Rule’s fighting career came to an end in 1929, but he stayed in the sport as a trainer.

The great Howard Winstone and much-loved heavyweight Joe Erskine were amongst the boxers that Rule helped to prepare.


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