Eddie Morgan

Eddie Morgan (1892-1937) was one of the outstanding performers from the first golden age of Welsh boxing.

He spent most of the prime years of his career competing in the States where he faced some of the world’s leading fighters in bouts that would have been for world titles but for the ‘no-decision’ rule that then prevailed.

The Morgantown man learnt his trade in the boxing booths whilst working as a miner.

His skills took him to the Welsh flyweight championship, and in 1912 he was close to a British title shot when he made the decision to cross the Atlantic.

The Welshman immediately impressed in three New York outings, including one against future two-weight world champion Johnny Dundee.

Morgan failed in his pursuit of a shot against world featherweight champion Johnny Kilbane, though, so he headed home, only to again meet frustration as he chased the British crown.

Rheumatism would limit the length of Morgan’s career and it this point it began to worsen.

With war looming in 1914 he returned to the States, but he was not the same fighter and he suffered two defeats, although he did floor Pal Moore in their clash on Christmas Day, 1914.

Two no-decision contests followed against the champion Kilbane, the first in the National Athletic Club, Philadelphia, on 23 January, 1915.

Johnny Kilbane

Johnny Kilbane

US journalists claimed that Kilbane won the six-round bout while British reporters said the exact opposite, but all agree that it was a stunning fight.

A similar showdown followed the next month, but the victory seems to have been more clearly in the champion’s favour.

Morgan engaged in two close bouts with Rocky Kansas, the future world lightweight challenger, before returning to Britain.

After just one more fight in his home country he returned to the States for good, though.

He would fight many more times, mostly in the Philadelphia area, but by now his skills were fading and triumphs were few.

Morgan settled with his family in Philadelphia, but he collapsed in the street and died at the tragically young age of 45.

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