- Thomas Thomas (boxer)
Learning the noble art
He began boxing in a sideshow, touring with
Freddie Welshand Jim Driscoll. After winning the local Rhondda valley heavyweight "championship", he won a National Sporting Club middleweight competition in London. Eventually, in May 1906, he fought the Irish champion Pat O'Keefeto become the first national British middleweight champion. In 1909, he fought Charlie Wilsonto become the first holder of a Lonsdale Beltat his weight.
He began to suffer from
rheumatism, and died from its effects in 1911 in London, where he was preparing for a world title fight with the American Billy Papke.
Although his boxing record is not very well documented he is believed to have won 41 of his 44 fights.
* [http://wbo.llgc.org.uk/en/s-THOM-THO-1880.html Welsh Biography Online]
* "Sport" edited by Gareth Williams. Published by Parthian Books (2007)
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