Best Boxers of All Time From Wales
"The Mighty Atom"
Jimmy Wilde (Quakers Yard, Wales)
"The Mighty Atom" was the first ever world flyweight champion and he is not only regarded as the best boxer from Wales but some say he is the best boxer in all of the United Kingdom. Jimmy Wilde retired with a record reading: 132-3-1 with 99 knockouts to his credit. With Wilde it is his power that stands out because he is the hardest puncher in flyweight division history and he is one of the biggest punchers regardless of weight as well. However, it should be noted he was a masterful boxer with a solid stick, crisp and accurate combination punching and he was adept at footwork and slipping punches.
Mr. Wilde's best ring wins came from defeating Young Zulu Kid, George Clark, Joe Lynch and Pete Herman among many others.
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Joe Calzaghe vs Jeff Lacy
Joe Calzaghe (Newbridge, Wales)
"Super Joe" is the former super middleweight world champion and light heavyweight king as well. Joe Calzaghe retired with a perfect record reading: 46-0 with 36 stoppage wins on his resume. Calzaghe proves the saying that says "Speed is Power". His hand speed was amazing and his footwork was really fast too. Three things that stand out to me about Super Joe that helped him retire an undefeated legend are: 1. Conditioning 2. Speed and number 3 is his very underrated, slippery defense which was based on his speed and reflexes more so than timing.
Mr. Calzaghe beat many top prizefighters including Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler, Chris Eubank and Charles Brewer.
Joe Calzaghe's Signature Wins
"The Welsh Wizard"
Freddie Welsh (Pontypridd, Wales)
"The Welsh Wizard" is the former lightweight champion who won his crown from Willie Ritchie. Freddie welsh quit boxing with a mark standing at: 74-5-7 with 34 knockout victories. Welsh was a light hitter and he usually stuck to the jab or the jab and a right. But, his defense and footwork were his calling and that is how he won.
Mr. Welsh's top wins in the squared circle came from beating the likes of Willie Ritchie, Battling Nelson, Ad Wolgast and Hughie Mehegan.
Joe Calzaghe's Greatest Hits (Video)
Jim Driscoll (Cardiff, Wales)
"Peerless Jim" was a top rated featherweight contender who tangled with the best of his era. Jim Driscoll's final tally from boxing reads: 53 wins, 4 losses and 6 draws with 35 wins coming by way of knockout. Not a big puncher but he had good timing and he did not waste punches. Working the jab constantly and he knew how the fight up close and on the inside when he needed to.
Mr. Driscoll's best victories inside the squared circle came from beating Pedlar Palmer, Abe Attell, George Dixon and Matty Baldwin.
Tommy Farr vs Joe Louis
Tommy Farr (Blaenclydach, Wales)
"The Tonypandy Terror" was a top rated light heavyweight and heavyweight contender during his heyday. Tommy Farr retired from prizefighting sporting a mark standing at: 83-34-17 with 23 wins coming via knockout. Farr was not a big puncher, although he is best known for almost beating Joe Louis and staggering him several times during their title affair. Farr was not that fast either but he knew the sport and he was solid on both offense and defense.
Mr. Farr's biggest wins came against Max Baer, Tommy Loughran, Frank Moody and Bob Olin.
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Howard Winstone (Former Featherweight Champion)
Howard Winstone (Merthyr Tydfil, Wales)
Howard Winstone is the former featherweight champion of the world. His final ring tally reads: 61-6 with 27 stoppage wins. Winstone used his fast hands and feet to dominate his foes and he often slowed his opponents down with hard hooks to the body when infighting.
Mr. Winstone's best accomplishments came from topping Terry Spinks, Mitsunori Seki, Jose Legra and Lennie Williams.
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Colin Jones (Gorseinon, Wales)
Colin Jones was an excellent welterweight boxer who was a top raked contender during his prime. Colin's final ring tally reads: 26-3-1 with 23 stoppage wins to his credit. A knockout bomber with power in both hands, Jones knew how to cut the ring off and his hooks to the head and body were brutal as was his right hand. Jones had a sturdy chin and ability even though his skills were average.
Mr. Jones most important wins came from defeating Kirkland Laing (twice), Clement Tshinza, Sakaraia Ve and Hans-Henrik Palm.
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Frank Moody (Pontypridd, Wales)
"The Pontypridd Puncher" was a contender in both the middleweight (160 pounds) and light heavyweight (175 pounds) divisions. Frank Moody left a record reading: 124-55-17 with 65 wins coming the knockout route. Moody was one of those boxers that did not do any one thing great but he did do everything well.
Mr. Moody's most famous wins came from beating Freddie Jacks, Sid Burns, Gus Platts and Arthur Tracey.
Birthplace of Frank Moody (Pontypridd, Wales)
Steve Robinson vs Naseem Hamed
Steve Robinson (Cardiff, Wales)
The Cinderella Man" is the former WBO featherweight champion and he won the bout with only 2 weeks notice for training. Steve Robinson left the sport with a record that reads: 32-17-2 with 17 wins coming by the K.O. route. Definitely an overachiever who many thought did not even deserve his title shot even though he made people eat their words by grinding it out with nonstop punching and winning the decision.
Mr. Robinson's best victories were against the likes of John Davison, Freddy Cruz, Pedro Ferradas and Duke McKenzie.
Steve Robinson vs Duke McKenzie (Video)
Percy Jones (Former Flyweight Champion)
Percy Jones (Porth, Wales)
Percy Jones is the former flyweight champion of the world and his final record boast of 50 wins, 3 losses and 3 draws with 31 of his victories coming inside the scheduled distance. Jones had above average power and he was a good counter puncher with his only true drawback being his beard which felled him on some of his biggest ring wars.
Mr. Jones had some significant wins including beating Bill Ladbury, Eugene Criqui, Joe Symonds and Sam Kellar.
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