Robert Dickie

The considerable skills of Robert Dickie (1964-2010) saw him join the select group of Welshmen who have won British titles at two different weights.

Dickie was born in Cefneithin, Carmarthenshire, and would later move to Swansea. He turned professional at the age of 19 in 1983.

After just five fights, the west Walian challenged Danny Flynn for the vacant Scottish Area bantamweight title. Dickie was stopped in the fifth round, but it would prove his only defeat in his first five years as a professional.

Impressive form saw him secure a 1986 shot at the vacant British featherweight crown, against John Feeney at the Royal Albert Hall.

Dickie won a 12-round points decision, and went on to stop former champion Steve Sims in an all-Welsh title defence at Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre.

After another win over Feeney, Dickie vacated the belt to move up to super-featherweight. He enjoyed a brief spell in 1988 as WBC international super-featherweight champion, but had to wait until 1991 to challenge for the British super-featherweight crown.

At the National Sports Centre, Cardiff, Dickie stopped champion Kevin Pritchard in eight rounds to become a two-weight British champion.

The Swansea man lost his first defence – against Sugar Gibiliru in Stockport – and would take two years out before his final fight, a second-round defeat to Phil Found.

Dickie’s proud story had a tragic end and unexpected end as he died of a heart attack at the age of 46. He was taken ill while on an evening out with friends and died a few days later. “It was out of the blue,” said his brother, Alex.

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