Merthyr bantamweight Cuthbert Taylor (1909-77) was a fighter who was good enough to compete at world level, but who was denied the championship opportunities that should have opened up to him because of the colour of his skin.
He was born in Georgetown, Merthyr, under the name John Street in 1909 and – in an impressive amateur career – represented Britain at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, where he lost in the quarter-finals to eventual silver medallist Armand Apell.
After his return to Merthyr he turned professional under Jimmy Wilde‘s old manager.
In a distinguished career – estimated at many more hundreds of fights than the 117 listed on BoxRec – Taylor faced four world champions, including the great Freddie Miller who beat the Welshman on points after a 12-round war in Liverpool.
The colour bar that lasted until 1948 meant that he never got a shot at a British title, though.
In his later life, Taylor was a fan of Howard Winstone and he offered the youngster valuable advice.
See Cuthbert Taylor in the 1977 BBC Wales programme “Fighting Talk: The History of Welsh Boxing”. He passed away later that year.