Jamie Arthur

Jamie Arthur (b. 1979) made his mark on Welsh boxing history with his lightweight gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

In beating Zambia’s Dennis Zimba in the final, the Aberdeen-born, Cwmbran-bred Arthur became the first Welsh boxer to win gold since Howard Winstone in 1958.

His amateur success meant it was big news when Arthur turned professional in 2003. He claimed nine successive wins, but never really convinced in those fights as he struggled to adapt his style to the professional game.

The wheels came off in 2005 with a third-round stoppage loss against Haider Ali, followed up with a fifth-round defeat against Harry Ramogoadi. Arthur was also struggling to make a living from boxing and decided to retire after the Ramogoadi loss.

Three years later there was little fanfare to accompany his ring return, but the Welshman was now a much more mature and convincing professional.

Jamie Arthur (Photo: Jamie Arthur, Facebook)

Jamie Arthur (Photo: Jamie Arthur, Facebook)

A seven-fight winning streak saw him secure his first professional title, a Welsh Area super-bantamweight belt.

The successes secured him a 2010 British title shot against formidable champion Martin Lindsay, the challenger falling to a brave points defeat against the hard-hitting Northern Irishman.

Arthur made amends in his next fight, beating Kris Hughes on points to win the vacant Commonwealth super-bantamweight crown.

The big fights kept coming, Arthur making his first defence against Jason Booth in a bout that also had Booth’s British title up for grabs.

A split decision defeat saw the Welshman stay out of the ring for 12 months, before another shot at the elusive British title enticed him back.

Arthur dropped Scott Quigg in the fourth round, but the new champion recovered to stop the challenger in the eighth.

Arthur has not fought since but is still involved in boxing training.

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