Eddie Avoth

Eddie Avoth (Photo: Eddie Avoth, Twitter)

Eddie Avoth (Photo: Eddie Avoth, Twitter)

The skills of Cardiff light-heavyweight Eddie Avoth (b. 1945) took him to British, Commonwealth and European titles, and many feel that illness cost him a world crown.

After an excellent amateur career, Avoth turned professional in 1963, joining the likes of Howard Winstone in Eddie Thomas‘s Merthyr fight stable.

The Cardiff man won 20 of his first 21 fights, before he was struck by rheumatic fever. Avoth was out for eight months and it was feared he would never box again.

He did return to win all his titles, but both the fighter himself and Thomas say that he was never the same again and that without the illness he may have been a world champion.

The Cardiff man got his first shot at a major title in 1967, but lost to John Young McCormack in a battle for the British crown.

Two years later, though, Avoth would gain revenge – and the British belt – when he stopped the same opponent.

Later in 1969 he missed out on the European title when he lost to Ivan Prebeg in Zagreb, Croatia.

The taste for travel seemed to get in the Welshman’s blood. In 1970 he lost to Mike Quarry in California, before travelling to Brisbane where he won the Commonwealth title with a sixth-round stoppage of Trevor Thornberry.

Avoth was back in London for his next fight, but he lost his British and Commonwealth crowns when he was stopped by Chris Finnegan in the 15th.

The Cardiff man would have four more fights, but no more title shots.

Two of those bouts were in Gauteng, South Africa, while the other two – including his last – were in the rather less salubrious surroundings of the Double Diamond Club, Caerphilly.

Avoth went on to become a pub landlord before moving to the Costa del Sol where he ran a celebrity restaurant.

He has also found employment as an actor* and a well-known after-dinner speaker.

*One of Avoth’s appearances was as boxing promoter Jack Solomons in the 2010 film about Howard Winstone’s life, “Risen”.The part of a young Avoth was played by Enzo Maccarinelli

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One Response to Eddie Avoth

  1. Rob Havard December 4, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    Hello Gareth,

    I saw Eddie’s fight in 1970 against Mike Quarry in San Fernando Valley, L.A., where I was living at the time. Eddie won the first eight rounds but couldn’t stem Quarry’s strength in the last four. Having met Eddie in Merthyr and at the Winstone-Saldivar fight at Ninian Park a year before, I ventured into his dressing room after the fight to say hello. He was friendly towards me, but downcast at the time, as you can imagine: nothing more sombre than a loser’s dressing room. I remember his manager Eddie Thomas saying that there would be no second fight in the States; they would go straight home. At the time I thought this a bit hard, but I came to see that he was doing young Eddie a good turn (especially when you reflect on what happened to Mike Quarry who, like his more famous brother Don, did not survive his fifties through dementia pugilistica).
    PS I did a painting on this subject fairly recently which you can find on my website: www,roberthavard.co.uk

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