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Mountain Fighters: Lost Tales of Welsh Boxing Paperback – Nov 2011


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  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Peerless Press; 1st edition (Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957034202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957034204
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The author...is to be congratulated on this splendid book which tells for the first time the deeds and exploits of the long forgotten bare fist fighters who fought on the mountains of Wales or in the fairground booths. His countless hours of research has paid off and sports fans and sport historians are in his debt.'
--South Wales Echo, January 13th, 2012

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Wales has a long and proud history of fist fighting. While many boxing fans may be familiar with the stories of such fistic royalty as Jimmy Wilde and Jim Driscoll from the early days of the boxing ring, the lives of the men who fought bare-fist on the mountains of South Wales or in the fairground boxing booths for a handful of coins have been far less well documented.

These are the forgotten fighting histories of some of the good, the bad and the ugly from the days of the bare-knuckle outlaws known as the `mountain fighters'. This fascinating book charts the early history of pugilism in South Wales, from the times of local bare fist champions like Shoni Engineer, the fearless Treorchy bare fist fighter, and Redmond Coleman, the street fighting terror of old Merthyr town. The early champions are also well represented, and include men like Morgan Crowther, whose regular brushes with the law once earned the boxer a mention in the House of Commons, through to Dai St. John, the renowned `Resolven Giant' who became a national hero as a result of his heroics in the South African war.

Others have been forgotten altogether, like William Samuels, the fairground boxing booth owner who once faced the great John L. Sullivan, the Heavyweight bare knuckle champion of the world, and Robert Dunbar, Newport's battle hardened one-eyed gladiator of the Welsh prize ring. These are the stories of a fighting tradition previously shrouded in myth and legend that paved the way for a country's future champions.

For the first time, the deeds and exploits of many of these men are recorded here in full. The product of countless hours of original research on the part of the author, there are many rare illustrations and photographs, many of which have never been printed in any book previously, this is a must-buy for any boxing fan who wants to re-discover the forgotten origins of Welsh boxing.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ashford on 12 July 2012
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What Lawrence doesn't know about boxing isn't worth knowing.

A page turner written in an informative but personable manner.

Well worth it's place in my book shelf.

More please!
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By ANNA on 12 Feb 2014
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I bought this book more for the photos than anything- I am interested in the history of the valleys - but since starting it haven't been able to put it down. Even if you're not really into boxing this book a fascinating account of times long gone.
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This is a brilliant book about hard men who fought on the mountain sides in South Wales or anywhere else to sort out their arguments or differences with bare fists in the 19th century. Most of these men were not nationally known, but were legends in the mining towns and villages of South Wales, although one or two did gain UK recognition in time.
Lawrence Davies's description of these men and fights have you almost bleeding and spitting blood yourself with colourful descriptions of the characters of these men and what they went through in fights that were mostly all out total wars. Buy it,read it, you won't regret it.
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By gawain on 11 Dec 2012
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thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, very interesting insight to a lost time of prize fighting. would recommend to anyone interested, dont be put off by the price!
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By Stew on 19 Sep 2012
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For all lovers of boxing this is an absolute must-buy. Davies is clearly an authority on the subject which really shines through.
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