Dennis Powell

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Dennis Powell (1924-93) was born in Llanddewi Skirrid, Monmouthshire, and would remain a man of the borderlands, going on to settle at Four Crosses, between Welshpool and Oswestry.

He turned professional after the war in 1946 and would squeeze 68 fights into an eight-year career.

Powell proved a hugely popular campaigner, especially when he fought near his home territory, with big open-air shows staged at the old Oswestry Town football ground and at Shrewsbury’s West-Mid Showground.

Having won Welsh Area titles at both light-heavyweight and heavyweight, Powell’s big chance came in 1953 when Randolph Turpin vacated the British light-heavyweight belt.

On 26 March, Powell met George Walker at the Liverpool Stadium in a bid to become the new champion.

The Welshman emerged victorious from the brutal battle with an 11th-round TKO, but the fight took its toll.

“It was such a vicious blood-and-guts brawl that he was never quite the same man again,” said an old friend of Powell’s, Bryan Foulkes.

After a non-title win over Albert Finch in Oswestry, Powell lost his first defence of the belt when he was stopped in the 10th by Alex Buxton at the Nottingham Ice Rink.

The Welshman fought twice more – a win and a loss, both by stoppage – before retiring in 1954. He died in 1993 at the age of 68.

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