PLAQUE HONOUR FOR BOXING CHAMP DAI
A BLUE plaque in memory of champion boxer David Dower has been unveiled on his former home in Abercynon.
The open-air ceremony outside 28 Herbert Street, Abercynon, took place at the weekend.
The unveiling also coincided with the launch of a new official biography – David Dower: Fighter, Family Man, Legend.
Having attended the local school in Abercynon, David, also known as Dai, overcame ill health as a child and went on to become a Welsh amateur schoolboy boxing champion, along with his lifelong friend and former councillor and mayor Alby Davies.
He was also a member of the famous Great Britain boxing squad at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, alongside the then unknown Sir Henry Cooper.
David went on to become British, European and Empire flyweight champion, as well as a contender for the world title.
David’s widow Evelyn, daughters Angela and Sandra and their families attended the special event, as well as special guests including members of the Welsh ExBoxers’ Association, the Bournemouth Ex-Boxers’ Association and the British Boxing Board of Control
Councillor Rhys Lewis, cabinet member for stronger communities, well-being and cultural services, and ward member for Abercynon, said: “The name David Dower is synonymous with Abercynon and the world of sport, especially boxing.
“He may have been small in stature but achieved so much during his lifetime and it is fitting that David’s family, friends, and the community pay tribute to him with the unveiling of the blue plaque and the official biography David Dower: Fighter, Family Man, Legend.”
Welsh flyweight Dai Dower, left, in action against Robert Mouginot in June 1955
Dai Dower was a world title contender