Cyril Gallie (1920-95) was born in Grangetown 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.
He had a reputation as one of the finest British amateurs of the 1930s, but it was ruled that he was too young to compete at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, even though many felt he was capable of winning a medal.
When war came Gallie joined the army and he won a number of championships during his service time. It is estimated that he had just 20 losses from over 400 amateur bouts before he turned professional in 1944.
In his first two years as a pro his only setback was a controversial defeat to Claude Dennington, a bout in which Gallie suffered a dislocated elbow.
In 1946 the Cardiff man headed across the Atlantic, and his next 10 fights would be in New York.
He proved a huge hit with US fans and reporters, although results were somewhat mixed as he lost three of his nine bouts.
Gallie returned home in 1947, but was now past his best and he never gained a shot at a British title.
He fought six more times, including bouts in Sweden and Italy, before retiring in 1951. He passed away in 1995 at the age of 74.