Peter Harris

Peter Harris (b. 1962) made the most of his talents to win the British featherweight title and challenge at European level.

The Swansea man lost his first professional fight, but found success at a local level, including a 1986 win over a late-career Kelvin Smart for the Welsh Area title.

When fellow Swansea fighter Robert Dickie vacated the British crown to move up to featherweight, Harris was given a shot at the title against Kevin Taylor at Port Talbot’s Afan Lido. Home advantage helped against the Rochdale man, Harris emerging a points victor over 12 rounds.

He was back at the Afan Lido for his first defence, where he also had the chance to claim the European title. But fast-rising, undefeated Paul Hodkinson would prove an altogether more difficult proposition, the Liverpool man stopping the champion in the 12th.

Harris took 16 months out of the ring, while Hodkinson went on to win the European title. The Liverpool man put both his belts on the line in a September 1989 rematch with Harris, again in Port Talbot. The Englishman would again prove too strong, stopping Harris in the ninth.

The defeated ex-champion took another 19 months out, but would return to fight 11 times in the period 1991-6, including bouts in Denmark, South Africa and the south of France.

Harris would win just three of those fights, though, leaving him with a record of 16 wins, 15 defeats and two draws from his 33 bouts.

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