Cyril Gallie

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.


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6 Responses to Cyril Gallie

  1. brent lewis June 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    i am in possesion of cyril’s boxing managers/agents liscence with photo and list of bouts including joe erskine.

  2. Sean Davies June 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Thanks for the post, Brent, sounds fascinating. If you’re at all interested in sending me a copy of the licence I’d gladly add the image into the page with due acknowledgement

    • brent lewis March 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

      please forward e-mail adress.

  3. Giles Gallie December 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    Hi Brent

    i am Cyril Gallie Jnr’s son and Cyril Gallie’s grandson, presently living in Canada
    i am very happy to hear that someone has some items left from when my Grandpa
    was fighting. We as the Gallie have familiy have hardly anything left from when he
    was a great fighter and would love to see copies or photos of what you have.

    tks for publishing this

    • brent lewis March 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

      Hello giles
      if you can forward e-mail adress i can try and get a copy to you.
      Also i spoke to someone in uk ….son maybe….but lost contact can you help? Possibly Cardiff.

      • Jo Szymkow March 31, 2018 at 8:14 am #

        Hello I am Cyril Gallie’s daughter and would love to see any copies of the clippings and memorabilia you have.
        Jo Szymkow

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