On August 30th, the 75th anniversary of one of the most fiercely contested and controversial Heavyweight championship fights of the 20th Century passed quietly by. On that night in 1967, Tommy Farr, from Clydach Vale, Wales, known as ‘The Tonypandy Terror’ and at 24, already a veteran of more than 200 fights, took on Joe Louis at Yankee Stadium, New York City.
People still talk about this fight – how they stayed up through the night, listening to it on the radio, how loudspeakers were set up in public halls for crowds to assemble and how it had been spoken of in Wales for years afterwards. Its anniversary has inspired this article.
For a small nation of 3 million or so, Wales has provided many more boxing legends than seems proportionate. The reasons for this may be material for another article, one day. But here, in ascending order, are my 5 picks for the greatest performances by Welshmen in the ring.
5. Joe Louis v Tommy Farr
World Heavyweight Championship
Yankee Stadium, Augus...