Benny Jacobs

Eddie Thomas statue in Merthyr Tydfil

Eddie Thomas statue in Merthyr Tydfil

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

The pint-sized Jacobs formed a highly successful boxing stable in his home city, featuring the likes of Joe Erskine, Harry Carroll, Phil Edwards and Lennie ‘the Lion’ Williams.

His charges enjoyed a great rivalry with the stable of Eddie Thomas at the other end of the Taff Valley in Merthyr.

After the decline of his fighting stable, Jacobs stayed involved in sport as a prominent Cardiff bookmaker. He died in 1981.

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