The Boxers of South, West and Mid Glamorgan

978-1-902719-801
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'If I want to know anything about the history of Welsh boxing, Gareth Jones is my man. Delighted he has produced another book in his Boxers of Wales series -   particularly as it includes someone I will always have a soft spot for, Lennie 'The Lion' Williams, who had two epic battles in the 1960s with Frankie Taylor and Howard Winstone.'                      Colin Hart, Boxing Columnist, The Sun

'The Selby boys are here. Amateur glory, world title, so much talent. But once again it is a fighter that only the purest of fans can recall who catches the eye. This time it is Wee Willie Davies, a world-class flyweight, born near Maesteg, who moved to America as a child and met nine world champions. Welsh boxing, British boxing and even world boxing owes Gareth a great debt.'
Steve Bunce, Broadcaster and Journalist

The historic county of Glamorgan has a proud and successful boxing heritage, as can be seen by the 50-plus boxers featured in this, the sixth volume of Gareth Jones' renowned Boxers of Wales series.

Having already profiled the boxers of Cardiff, Merthyr and Pontypridd, as well as the Cynon and Rhondda valleys, in previous volumes, Gareth Jones now completes his impressive journey around the old county by focusing his attention on:

· Glamorgan's coastal towns, which have produced dozens of top fighters, not least the Selby brothers from Barry and one of the first Welshmen to wear a Lonsdale Belt, Port Talbot's Bill Beynon.

· The old mining valleys, from the Neath to the Ogmore, which have nurtured many ring warriors over the years, including the fistic hotbeds of Maesteg and nearby Caerau: home to a string of champions and contenders.

Packed with more than 100 photos and illustrations, as well as decades of unrivalled boxing knowledge, The Boxers of South, West & Mid Glamorgan is essential reading for all followers of the noble art.

Gareth Jones has been writing and broadcasting on Welsh boxing for 45 years, including two decades as Welsh correspondent of the trade magazine, Boxing News.

This is the sixth volume in The Boxers of Wales series: the others covered Cardiff; Merthyr, Aberdare and Pontypridd; Rhondda; Swansea and  Llanelli; and Newport, the Gwent Valleys and Monmouthshire. He also wrote Dragons vs Eagles, Wales vs America in the Boxing Ring.